Trish Hartman: “Recovery is a lifelong road. I’ll help you walk it, one step at a time.”

Patricia “Trish” Hartman knows firsthand the pain of substance abuse.

“It affects every aspect of your life,” says Hartman, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Substance Abuse Disorder Counselor for Western Sierra Medical Clinic. “It’s a horrible disease.”

Hartman was addicted to methamphetamines until her faith and a 12-step program helped her in November 2002. She has been clean since.

“The devil had a hold of me,” she says. “My kids hated me. I was miserable. I wanted to get clean.”

Hartman’s experience led her to a career in counseling. And her experience and honesty helps her connect with patients dealing with substance abuse.

For many patients, Western Sierra’s medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines counseling with suboxone, is proving highly effective.

Hartman, who joined Western Sierra’s MAT program in 2018, works with patients at the health centers in Auburn (Professional Drive) and Kings Beach-Tahoe.

“I’m available for them when they are happy, sad … and when they are struggling. I make sure my patients find their way,” says Hartman, who graduated from Intercoast College in Roseville. “Recovery is a lifelong road.”