WESTON — After 12 years of drug addiction, Trenton Clem’s journey to sobriety proved to be a long and difficult road. His substance usage began at age 21 and ended after his arrest in August 2021 at the age of 33.
Trenton spent a month and a half in jail following his arrest. At the time, he didn’t have a steady job, his car was repossessed, and he had lost his house. His family was reluctant to help him out of jail to push him to get sober. In retrospect, he admits that his arrest saved his life. The next step for his healing was to find a recovery program. His cousin suggested the Medication Assistance Treatment (MAT) Program in Weston with Dr. Bruce Gorby.
“I know what I put my family through. Slowly but surely, I am rebuilding my relationships with them,” he said. “I realized that a person must face their addiction. They need to get help before a larger trauma happens, in my case, it was being arrested. It was fortunate that I found Dr. Gorby and his treatment program.”
Trenton has been successful in the program, and even became president of the local MAT group. He felt welcomed by Dr. Gorby and his sobriety gave him a new outlook on life.
“I want to become a recovery coach. I want to be able to help others the way I was helped. My life is on the right track, and I feel extremely lucky,” Trenton said. “The choices I am making today are much better than before.”
In the past year, over 100,000 people died from overdoses in the United States. For Trenton, death struck close to home when his best friend passed away.
“My best friend died of an overdose. She had been in treatment and was clean,” he said. “After her death, I really dove into heroin. My job at a restaurant ended when I started getting high at work. I chose drugs over employment. Now I know that I can make better choices.”
The hospitals of Mon Health System have created the Mon Health Recovery Care Program. Mon Health Medical Center, Mon Health Preston Memorial, Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Grafton City Hospital, an affiliate of Mon Health System, provide a variety of services in collaboration with Valley Healthcare, including peer recovery programs, Overdose Survivors Outreach Program, Reverse Cycle Program, and a Comprehensive Opioid Addiction Treatment model.
For more information about the program at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, call (304) 884-8941. To learn more about Mon Health, visit MonHealth.com.