Hi, I’m Chris Gilham. My last bet was on 29th October 2017 when I was 35 years old.
Interestingly, I did not gamble until I was 30. I am also a recovering alcoholic and I believe I started gambling once the alcohol stopped working for me. It provided a new platform to escape from my emotions.
From having a bet for fun at the age of 30; by 35 I was seriously contemplating suicide. My debt was crippling and I didn’t like who I had become. I want to show others that recovery is possible. From the day I first attended Gamblers Anonymous (GA) life has got better. I mean, it couldn’t have got much worse that's for sure...
What I regret most about gambling is the time I lost with my beautiful wife and two children, and the harm I caused them. Being in recovery means I now spend as much time as possible with the people I love, and because I can now share my emotions, I can tell them and show them how much I love them.
I want to highlight current issues within the gambling industry but also highlight good news stories. Where I feel I can make a difference I will certainly try. Currently online advertising is a big issue for me, and I will do everything that I can to try and keep these adverts away from the eyes of children and the vulnerable.
I am excited to share my experiences on the All Bets Are Off podcast and I hope they help others in their recovery. I also want to learn from my co-hosts and guests. Ultimately I hope we can build a recovery community off the back of the podcast who will help each other through difficult times.