• The Scarlet Sisterhood: Treating Partners of Sex Addicts

    Addiction is a disease, end of discussion . . . right? As practitioners within the field of behavioral health and wellness, we have all heard the message, loud and clear. Many of us subscribe to the concept without question, confident in our convictions that addicts are sick people, not bad people. Some of us have built our careers upon this assertion, while others espouse it personally, within our own lives and family relationships.


  • Evaluating a Competency-Based Supervision Approach for Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational interviewing (MI) is a well-known, evidence-based, brief counseling approach for substance use disorders (SUDs) that combines person-centered principles with strategies for enhancing motivation for change (Miller & Rollnick, 2012). Counselors using MI help their clients talk themselves into change by exploring and developing their motivations for change and lessening and resolving their arguments against it.


Michael J.  Burke

Michael Burke is a motivational speaker and lecturer in the field of cross-addiction and compulsive gambling. Burke's former work experience includes twenty-five years as a practicing attorney specializing in legal problems of individuals suffering from substance abuse, a position on the Brighton Hospital Board of Directors, and leadership roles in many community organizations. He currently is a board member on the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling, the Michigan Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Program. He has had articles published in the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Detroit Free Press, the Legal News, and the MBA and ABA journals. He has authored a book entitled Never Enough which was released by the American Bar Association in May 2008.