Car accident due to horse racing
Davies had to literally feel the serious consequences of pathological gaming. As he told the Guardian, he not only gambled away money in his gambling career, but also endangered his life through gambling.
Distracted by a horse race that he watched on a smartphone while driving, he had rushed into another car. This was a first wake-up call for him:
I looked and there was a child in the back of the car seat and for the first time in my life I felt guilty about what I was doing. I thought, “I’m putting other people’s lives in danger.” But I didn’t know how to stop, how to end this pain I was going through. I gave the driver £ 500 that I had put in my car – money I had won that day. I drove home and cried myself to sleep.
After years of gambling addiction, he finally got help from the British football association Professional Footballers Association and successfully completed therapy.
Today, Scott Davies is teaching other professionals at seminars about the dangers of gambling. Often one could not look at the suffering of the professionals concerned.
According to Davies, even apparently wealthy soccer stars suffered from the addiction. Even players with Gucci outfits and Rolex watches would have come out as addicts.
Davies wants to mentally strengthen those affected. Because what he lacks today is not the playful money, but the feeling that he has fully exhausted his own career.