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Marshfield Clinic Recovery Corps holds sober event for communitySubmitted: 07/05/2018
Story By Rose McBride

Marshfield Clinic Recovery Corps holds sober event for community
RHINELANDER - Jason Moon's journey began right here in the Northwoods. 

"I grew up in Eagle River and served in Iraq with the 724 out of Tomahawk," said singer songwriter Moon.

But when his journey led him across the world to serve our country, some hardships followed him back home. 

"I had struggles with PTSD, struggled with substance abuse, attempted suicide in 2008," said Moon.
Now, his mission is to share stories through music. 

"[I] sing to other people, inspire them try to give them hope," said Moon.


Moon was the main event at Recovery Unplugged, an event put on by Marshfield Clinic's Recovery Corps.

The program began in September of 2017 to combat substance abuse in the Northwoods. 

"One of our commitments was to host a sober event in the area," said program manager Becky Boquist. 

Recovery Unplugged was 100 percent substance free, with only music and outdoor fun. 

"If you're struggling with recovery and want to go to an event, you have to be around the alcohol and that can be tempting so a lot of people will just stay home," said Moon.

But staying home can lead to isolation and depression, furthering the desire to abuse substances. Rachel, a recovery coach with Recovery Corps, says forming a community can make all the difference. 

"Recovery is the best thing I've ever given myself and to help others find that is amazing," said Rachel.

Jason stop in Rhinelander Is just one of many on his summer tour. But even when his tour ends, the journey to overcome, doesn't. 

"A lot of people struggle and when we come together and form a community we can overcome it together," said Moon.

This was the first year for Recovery Unplugged and organizers plan to make it an annual event.  


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