I knew a guy once who had a substance abuse problem that was only exceeded by his gambling addiction problem.
For years he lived a vicious cycle of spending all his money in advance on drugs and gambling.
He always spent his pay packet before he even got it and lived on credit, and debt.
One day he had about $50 in his pocket to last a whole week. He went to his drug dealer’s house to buy some amphetamines but the dealer wasn’t home. He called his dealer who said he’d be home in about half an hour and to wait in the pub around the corner.
So he went to the pub and bought a beer, saw the poker machines and sat at one. Twenty minutes later he walked out of the pub penniless. He had lost his $50 drug money on the pokies while waiting to score.
He went home without meeting with the drug dealer, and we found him the next morning hanging from a tree in his backyard.
That guy was my baby brother.
Not a happy story, sorry.