Never Enough: One Lawyer's True Story of How He Gambled His Career Away

November 2, 2009
Hosted by Mary Woods

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Michael J. Burke practiced law for twenty-five years in Howell, Michigan where he was raised with his nine brothers and sisters. Michael and his wife purchased the family home and it was there that they raised their two daughters. He was actively involved in the community, enjoyed a successful law practice and was a devoted father. Never Enough: One Lawyer's True Story of How He Gambled His Career Away, is the shocking, true story of Michael J. Burke, who went from being a successful lawyer, loving father and husband, and respected member of his community to a closet alcoholic and gambling addict to the tune of $1,600,000, using clients' trust funds. On June 18, 2001, he was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution to his victims in the amount of 1.6 million dollars. Follow Michael Burke as he descends into his addictions, then must confess all to his family and clients. Read about his arraignment, and the actual transcripts from his sentencing. Burke shares stories of his prison life, and then the painful narrative of how his lies and deceit affected his family.

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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.

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Mary Woods

Mary Woods

Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.

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