Chris Murphy: The turbulent world of addiction recovery

May 12, 2021, 03:00 PM

Alasdair Hooper hosts the third Mental Health Awareness Week special episode with commentator Chris Murphy on addiction recovery, depression and Sporting Chance.

Chris knows what it’s like to decide to make the unthinkable decision.

At the heart of it was a crippling gambling addiction, after first placing a bet at the age of 17, as well as a battle with depression.

For years the gambling and the depression consumed him and it eventually culminated in Chris deciding to take his own life.

Thankfully that unsuccessful attempt sparked things into action and led to his road to recovery.

But recovery is tough, really tough, and if there’s one key message Chris wants to get there you don’t just magically get better.

There are relapses, those battles still linger, but considering where Chris is now he has made some inspiring progress.

Chris is also the Gambling and Education Facilitator at Sporting Chance, the charity that was set up by former Arsenal Captain Tony Adams who himself battled with addiction.

It provides services to professional sportspeople who are in need of mental health support, whether that is addiction related or anything else, and it has proved to be a vital lifeline for so many.

This episode is a really powerful listen, as Chris goes into depth about what happened to him, but there is so much to take away by listening to his story.

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