The Clarion

‘A Matter of Laugh and Death’

Elliott Puckette, Arts Editor March 2, 2016

The road of recovery can be a tough one, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t moments of levity along the way. The Wisconsin Recovery Community Organization (WIRCO) is hosting "A Matter of Laugh and...


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....


Local non-profit group hopes to raise $25,000 for recovery support

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor November 25, 2015

The Walk-In Recovery Community Organization (WIRCO) is a nonprofit recovery community organization (RCO), established in 2010 as a community continuum of care for those living in post treatment recovery....


Recovery Corner – From gutter punk to columnist

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor November 10, 2015

As of June 7, 2015, I have been clean for six full years. The events leading up to the moment of waking up in a solitary jail cell, detoxing from drugs, and simply astounded and in all ways exhausted from...

Recovery corner: Book helps bring clarity

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor October 14, 2015

“Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them too, even when you are in...

Alive, free and manifesting destiny

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor September 30, 2015

It is the search for truth that brings purpose to my life today, not drugs. In everyday living, moving in and out of relationships, acquired titles, responsibilities, etc., it is a responsibility in itself...

Recovery corner: Rockin’ Recovery Rally is Sept. 19

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor September 16, 2015

September is National Alcohol and Drug Awareness Recovery Month. This is bound to be a very exciting month for the recovering population, as President Obama is set to host a recovery month dinner and online...

National recovery group calls out to young people

Patrick Kempfer, Clarion staff August 25, 2015

In the United States today, there are more than 23 million Americans living in recovery from substance use disorders. That may come as a surprise to many people, including those living in recovery themselves,...

Club works to help students live free of substance abuse

Patrick Kempfer, Staff Writer August 25, 2015

Madison College has a reputation for its many clubs and organizations. A wide variety of interests are indulged in the extra-curricular activities offered through membership in the plethora of student...

A sponsor can help people in recovery

Patrick Kempfer, Copy Editor March 5, 2015

Regardless of the how or why, there are people still suffering, both in and out of relationships. Sadly, they are continually overlooking what they can do for themselves, even though they already have...

Relationships in recovery can be destructive

Pat Kempfer, Copy Editor February 19, 2015

I have found a home in the recovery community of the Madison area. The reason I appreciate this particular community of people is because they were elemental in saving my life from the destructive patterns...

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