The Clarion

Recovery Corner – Communities of individuals

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor April 20, 2016

Who knows what one could achieve in a lifetime? With all the hullabaloo surrounding me and you, and sure, it’s true, there’s no telling time its business, ‘cause it’s nobody’s business but yours...

Positive self-talk can go a long way

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor March 22, 2016

Many people in the recovery community are familiar with the term “character defect,” but what does it mean to have a character defect, really? Well, some might guess we simply developed ways of behaving...


Everyone Needs to Feel Connected

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor March 2, 2016

As a person in long-term recovery, recovery from alcohol and other drugs, like heroin, nicotine, and all of the collective events of my life, I am, of course in a state of constant, fluid development....

Recovery Corner: Focus on the little things

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor February 17, 2016

It is so important that we keep our eyes open to see the little occurrences that happen for us, rather than always sharply targeting our stares at the next potential win, loss, or what have you. Too many...


All roads lead to something better

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor February 4, 2016

Some of us know that there are many roads to recovery, but what many of us do not know are the various ways in which to recover. Take, for example, 12 step recovery: 12 step recovery has been a landmark...


We should celebrate both life, death

Pat Kempfer, Opinion Editor January 19, 2016

The culmination of one’s physical existence comes together in the most beautiful display in its death. Why should we ever run away from such a beautiful expression of existence? There is, of course,...

Forgiveness leads to acceptance

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor October 27, 2015

This week, I’d like to talk about forgiveness. What I think of as forgiveness probably differs from yours, because we’re different people. Some things can exist on common ground, and maybe that’s...

Load More Stories
Activate Search
Recovery Corner