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Out of Control: How My Addiction Almost Killed Me

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My boss at the time, Adrian O’Neill, a good Dromore football man, tried to talk some sense into me one day. I completely respect the lesbian and gay community, because I really appreciated their messages of support when so many others wanted to bury me.

When I excavate deep now into that layer of my past, it was probably a form of escapism from the trouble going on at home. The judge was asked to noted McCarron has had a number of well documented difficulties in his personal and professional life. If this book was being told from 10-20 years in the future, of when he has had his life back together for decades, it might be appropriate.

The next day I was in work on Monday and he rang me at six o'clock and told me: "I've read the book.

He is now studying to be a counsellor, aiming to help people rid themselves of the demons that once almost destroyed his life.

It was definitely written with Gaelic football fans in mind - many long descriptions of games, rivalries, etc. I paid the first three months of the car loan, but the repayments stopped as soon as the money ran out. The whole story is told honestly and with the help of journalist Christy O'Connor who has put it all together wonderfully, presents the torment of being helpless when you can't control your compulsions. I belittled the experience, concocting a story that there was a mix-up over one of my mother’s credit cards.

It almost killed me," he said, although McCarron adds that Gaelic football was a salvation of sorts: "I love football and one thing gambling never took from me was football and no matter what I done or much money I blew, it never ever took away the power of football". The man behind the counter in the bookies can't have a quiet word in the ear of someone responsible who might provide some guidance.He said his client is now studying psycho-therapy part-time while continuing to work as a business development officer in a successful firm. Everyone knew the real story, but they were too embarrassed for me, too uncomfortable with my warped sense of denial to challenge me on it. However, he described how his addiction has had a devastating impact on many of his personal relationships, including losing contact with his daughter. I used to justify it on the basis that, given it was Daddy’s money, I had an entitlement to some of it. It was tough at fifteen to have to learn to fend for yourself, especially when you never had to before.

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