Carter Berardi was one of our first Telos students. He came to us in 2004, searching for tools to overcome crippling depression and anxiety. The Telos team immediately fell in love with Carter. His warm smile, compassionate heart, and wicked sense of humor were irresistible.
Carter worked hard and drank deeply from Telos’s life-changing interventions. He invested in the people. He inspired the staff, his family, and other Telos students. He left the program transformed.
As Carter moved into his twenties, life stressors combined, and he began to struggle with substance use. He tried to free himself by calling on the skills he learned at Telos. Despite his best efforts, Carter lost his life to fentanyl poisoning in 2014.
His family, friends, and the team at Telos were devastated. That day the Telos team resolved to work even harder with students struggling with substance use.
Years have passed, and we have watched substance use become increasingly mainstream. More and more of our students come to us mired in the grip of addiction. Despite some valiant efforts to meet the needs of these students, in 2022 we decided to do even more.
Telos hired a team of top professionals on the leading edge of addiction treatment. We invested in industry-leading training. We certified our campuses in the most evidence-based recovery framework. We were ready to do something different.
Carter House, a highly specialized team of 10 students, opened on August 28, 2023. The work at Carter House honors Carter Berardi, his family, and all who suffer from addiction and loss. We aspire to be a light that helps others find the deep healing they need.