One of the biggest problems with the gambling addict is he or she will borrow money from friends, relatives, and even employers in order to have money to gamble. They will float checks from their bank accounts and even use their rent or mortgage money if it is in their possession. Like an alcoholic they will not learn until they are left on the street without their family, job, car or money. They often have to learn the hard way, which often costs them those they love the most.
Getting into debt is a common thing for the gambler. If horses are involved it becomes even more difficult because a bookie may be involved thus the need to come up with the money become more urgent and may be a matter of life and death. The choices are not easy to make yet they do not understand the concept of stopping before it is too late. This is the sad life of the gambling addict.