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The Money Drunk: 90 Days to Financial Sobriety [Hardcover]

Mark Bryan , Julia Cameron
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1 April 1992 092992374X 978-0929923741
In a society where it is often easier to discuss sex than money, many of us have hidden issues about personal finances. But when fending off bill collectors, begging for salary advances, or borrowing from relatives becomes a way of life, unresolved money problems can lead to enormous stress and destroy relationships, careers, and lives. Do you recognize yourself or someone you love in any of these descriptions?

Do you buy things and hide them?

Do you refuse to watch your money because one big deal is going to make everything all right?

Is the pay the only thing you like about your job?

Do you feel morally superior to people with money?

Are you afraid to say no to your partner about money?

Through their highly effective seminars, Mark Bryan and Julia Cameron have helped many people free themselves from the painful cycle of acting out with money. The Money Drunk offers new perspectives on the real roots of money problems, showing how to dismantle negative family and societal programming about money and how to undo the destructive patterns that sabotage your financial success. The program teaches new, more constructive habits to anyone who has ever had a problem with money.
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  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books Inc (1 April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 092992374X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929923741
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,040,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book has helped me greatly - and several others who borrowed it from me as well.

For years I was mystified by my money habits. I earn good money and I am neither greedy nor materialistic. Yet I constantly find myself maxed-out on credit. The people who benefited from all this spending were always others - never myself.

This book helped me to see where my problem lay and to understand how my up-bringing and past traumas with money have given me a blind spot when it comes to having and keeping money. We are supposed to be adults with money sense - yet I never learned that in school and certainly never learned it at home.

As well as helping me get an insight into where my money habits are letting me down, this book gives a tough program (based on proven addiction recovery techniques) to help me tackle this problem.

I am not yet out of debt - but thanks to the steps in this book I am on the path and feeling hope and confidence that, this time, I can do it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book 4 May 2013
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Worth reading. Helpful insights. Trouble with money and find nail insecurity and managing money it's all in here and is written in an easy to read format
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1.0 out of 5 stars Item not yet received! 12 Aug 2012
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I'd like to review this item but I still haven't received it ! I hope this problem will be solved soon. I take it it has to do with the summer holidays?
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 12 Jun 2004
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This book is a really good guide - makes you challenge your thoughts and gives good sound advice on how to make some changes. Highly recommended.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me out of debt! 2 Aug 2000
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I was given this book by my mother when I said at one point that no matter how much I made I seemed to owe even more. My husband and I owed so many thousands of dollars on high-interest credit cards that I thought 25 years would pass and we would still not be out of debt. It is now three years later and not only are we out of debt, but we have a good start on retirement savings, an emergency cushion in the bank, and we are about to buy our first house -- all things that I never thought we'd be able to do. This book first describes different types of money "addictions" (you will absolutely see yourself here), and then gives you an easy-to-follow step-by-step program to get you started on your way to being fiscally responsible. I followed the program diligently and found the exercises very helpful in keeping focused, not just on my spending but on how to use our money to make Life Changes....not just home improvements. I really can't recommend this book highly enough -- it truly saved my life.
53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Look at Money Addictions and Their Cure 26 Jun 2000
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
This book is based on a seminar series designed to work with those who have obsessions and addictions about money that are harmful. Unlike most books that address the psychological roots of money problems, this one develops a detailed recovery plan over 13 weeks that builds on programs for overcoming other addictions like alcoholism. Even if you don't have a full-scale addiction to money, you can use this program to diagnose and improve the places where you are misfocused in your thinking about and use of money.
One of the many valuable insights that I took away from this book was that money addictions are often associated with other addictions like alcoholism and excessive gambling. Many people will solve those addictions with great difficulty, but still find their lives missing something due to their money addictions.
One of the strengths of this book is found in the many diagnostic lists that can help you assess whether you are having or have had problems with money addiction. I certainly found myself in several chapters, and that provided useful insights to me.
Here are some of the categories to watch out for: Compulsive spending (getting an emotional rush from buying things); Big deal chasing (fantasies providing encouragement for irresponsible use of time and financial resources, and the related problems of workaholism to get more money and avoid intimacy with one's family and friends); Maintenance money focus (doing work just for the money); Poverty addiction (seeing sainthood in having little money and less spending); and Co-dependency (where your relationships are based on providing money for someone with a money addiction).
The 13 week recovery program is marvelous. I was very impressed. It starts with undoing your stalled thinking about money, and bit by bit helps you establish new and better habits about money.
The program builds a lot on measuring how you are spending and getting money, focuses you on stopping the worst of your bad habits (like taking on more debt), and gradually refocuses you on important human issues like self-esteem, compassion, peace, spirituality, and reintroducing hope into your life. This stallbusting approach is one that should work for anyone who has hit bottom and truly wants to reform. This is a book that everyone should read and use to evaluate themselves. It should also be shared with children. Money addiction is often passed down from parents to children through sharing bad habits learned in the home. If a friend shares with you that they are in a bad way financially and need help, give them a copy of the book. It will probably do them more good than giving them money that they won't be able to repay.
Live a higher quality of life from learning the lessons of this book!
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jumping in with both feet 7 Sep 2000
By Luanne Williams - Published on Amazon.com
There are many books that will help you become financially stable. This book is different from the rest. Money Drunk gives you an overview of the addictive personalities that money can bring out even if you have not taken a drink. It is a step by step process that over the years has worked for many people.
Relating the step by step process to money speaks only to the format of the book. The Solution is a 90-day program that will bring you on your feet in no time.
A strategy discussed in the book for balancing the budget is to divide your income into 3 parts, 1/3 for the past, 1/3 for the present, and 1/3 for the future. This is a strategy that I am still evaluating and experimenting with.
Julia Cameron's approach is gentle and reassuring. A great book for jumping into financial management with both feet.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Philosophy! 17 Oct 2002
By Sonja - Published on Amazon.com
For me, this book was more useful to explore my spending habits. When do I spend my money? Why? What are ways to circumvent this spending? In terms of the actual plan to get out of debt, I found it less helpful to me than other books on the market today (Of course, I encourage that you read as many books on this subject as you can check out for free from the library).
The way proposed to get out of debt or at least so you stop living off credit cards is good and sound, built up through a week-by-week program. However, some of the activities I don't believe will benefit all people who pick up and read the book. If you're way in over your head, getting calls from collections and STILL debting, definitely check this one out, but if you're like me and are not yet at that point, just read the first half to get into the psychology of your spending behaviour.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you! 2 Oct 2002
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It's obvious that Mr. Bryan and Ms. Cameron know what they are talking about from page one, and, thank goodness, they have been able to explain (to me) my own lifelong struggle with money handling!!! Now, with insight into the origins of my money dilemma, I have been able to make my money work with my life for the first time! Whew! What a great relief!!! I understand now that this is a learned behavior, and yes, I used money to "fill in the blanks" that I thought I had. Now I realize I really don't have any "blanks", that I'm really quite marvelous in many ways (why haven't I been able to see that till now?)! I just had this painful and debilitating old habit I'm now glad to be rid of for good. So, BRAVO, Cameron and Bryan...and many, many thanks!!!
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