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Drunks, Drugs & Debits: How to Recognize Addicts and Avoid Financial Abuse 1st Edition
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You can find the results of my research in my books and online addiction report. The latest, "Alcoholism Myths and Realities," debunks the myths of addiction and eliminates the stigma of alcohol and other-drug addiction. Eliminate that stigma and we are far more likely to identify the disease when it threatens our health and safety, which is what my third book, "How to Spot Hidden Alcoholics," is all about (it uses behavioral clues to identify addiction in the early stages of the disease). My second book, "Get Out of the Way!" helps drivers spot likely DUIs before they become tragically obvious (you'll never again look at the road the same way). My first book, many readers of which think is my most important, is "Drunks, Drugs & Debits," and while focusing on identifying addicts in the hope of avoiding financial abuse, is actually a comprehensive look at addiction designed to give a "gut feel" for the disease. Read it cover to cover and you'll never again knowingly enable a practicing addict.
I'm very proud that a google search of "early-stage alcoholism" generally lists me in the top two or three positions, which shows how few are focusing on this overlooked stage of addiction, when the addict is most destructive of others.
For those who know personality type, I'm a scientifically-minded INTJ married to Marty, an inventive ENTP. We live in Northridge, California with our three cats, Tuxeda, Whiskers and Marmalade.
Top Customer Reviews
By far alcoholism is the predominant focus of the book but most of the information also applies to drug addicts. The author does a good job of presenting the information from a neutral and factual perspective as he examines alcoholism, factors that tend to exacerbate it and why some people seem to be more prone to it than others. One of the best chapters deals with recognizing the addict and why it is hard to identify them when you know them personally.
Of course, the debits part of the book is about how addiction often results in financial abuse of others; including friends, spouse, parents, partners, children.
Doug even includes a section on recovery for the non-addict who is trying to move forward in life and relationships. "Drunks, Drugs & Debits" is recommended if you have an addict in your life, think you may have one, or are one of the many people affected by one.
- how much new first-hand thought went into it -- you're not necessarily staying within the AA paradigm.
- I like how many outside resources are brought in. I have read *dozens* of books on Alcoholism and spoken with about 50 professionals in the field, and I have never heard of most of works you bring in. There is a staleness and paralysis to most of the thinking about alcoholism.
- Type Theory. Why haven't people who have worked in the field of substance abuse thought of the idea that if a person is a certain type, an artist for example, then it would help his recovery if you encourage him to do something that he might like rather than send him to Boeing corporation, for example, and make him do accounting? I have visited a couple of rehabilitation facilities, most notably Schick Shadel up here in Seattle (which specializes in the "aversion" method) and they are extremely depressing places. Not just because they are filled with addicts -- but the institutionalized feel of the places gives me the creeps. If I was not an alcoholic before I went into such a place, I might become one just from going there. And the idea in these places seems to be sometimes that if you don't want to do accounting then you're in denial and you're resisting, not following the 12 steps, etc. These places are so institutionalized, and staffed by some of the toughest, gravelly-voiced, nicotine addicted people -- I couldn't stop thinking of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
- p. 151 discussion of how therapists get confused when trying to work with alcoholics. I have heard this before, but your discussion was clarifying.
p. 179-180 "Enabling as a Property rights issue." That is a very rich idea. and the air and everything else.Read more ›
Because addiction is so destructive, and can be difficult to detect, subtle behavioral clues are important to identify potential problem relationships. The author has developed an indicator to identify likely addicts. Sixty symptoms and behaviors are listed which are seen in addicts. This information allows the reader to organize their observations and intuitions into concrete conclusions about problem relationships. It is then easier to escape, avoid, or change the relationship before severe damage is incurred.
As a manager, I have found the book helpful in identifying potential addiction problems among employees. After reading the book, the extent and destructiveness of addiction becomes apparent. The book will allow managers to identify addiction early and possibly even screen out employees in the hiring process. If the addict is not hired in the first place, the high cost of dealing with addiction problems can be avoided entirely.
The book is well written and enjoyable to read. I recommend it highly to everyone who deals with people.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Each chapter is a complete and thorough examination of the subject. I have learned a lot by reading this book.Published on January 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
In our lives we all come across people who, once we get to know them, take on Jekyll-and-Hyde personas and behave in bewilderingly irrational, self-defeating ways. As Mr. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by S. Hayashi
I would recommend "Drunks, Drugs, and Debits" for almost anyone, since there are so many addicts around, and each of us knows some of them. Read morePublished on September 11, 2009 by C.C. Hoffman
Doug Thorburn's interest in, and research into the problem of alcoholism and addiction to other substances, has added an invaluable dimension to our understanding of the... Read morePublished on May 22, 2009 by Charlene Rubush
Drunks, Drugs & Debits is a ground-breaking book that introduces the reader to vital information we all should learn as schoolchildren. Read morePublished on February 28, 2009 by William D. Murray
This book was a wake up call. For anyone unconvinced on the health and financial dangers of dealing with drunks and addicts. This is a must read. Read morePublished on April 7, 2008 by Douglas Setter
Mr. Thorburn provides a comprehensive overview of the manifestation of an addict. While alcoholics are not the only addicts discussed, they are the most socially enabled. Read morePublished on June 22, 2006 by Carol B.
This offers very important insights for those of us in the financial field. Based on Thorburn's statistics, I would imagine many financial advisors have seen the impact of... Read morePublished on August 16, 2005 by Gerri Detweiler
This book explained so much human behavior to me that I did not understand before. Like Copernicus revealing that the earth goes around the sun and not the other way around,... Read morePublished on August 15, 2005 by Michael Massimilla