The following excerpt is taken from a autobiographical eulogy written by a TMC program patient. It was written on the one-year anniversary of his sobriety, and describes the man that was—and the man is today.

“He finally was graced to overcome 10 years of chronic alcoholism. The first year was not easy. After treatment, he lived in a homeless shelter, rescue mission, friend’s floors, a hospital, back seat of a car, jail and a halfway house. He stayed sober through it all.”

“…After being sober for 12 months, he took on the legal battle of restoring a father to his children. That will be a slow process, but each day he is being the best father he can…”

“People who knew him past and present said he was not the same person at all. They said if you believed in miracles, he was one….He had become honest, caring, giving, loving, honorable, dependable, empathetic, and down to earth.”

“…this is what you did for me….This is a disease of the mind, body and soul. You fixed the part that was broken for 10 years.”

Patient’s Name withheld, September 20, 2001

Message from Tellurian Family of Services
Founder and President, Michael Florek

Reflecting back on the more than 35 year history of Tellurian and the story of how Tellurian began…. I recall the “prayer” that was written by one of Tellurian’s very first clients in 1971.

In those days… staff and clients would gather in a circle each morning and recite this “prayer”, which began with the words: “We are here…finally…because there is no refuge from ourselves”. When I heard these words for the first time, I remember being struck by the tone of utter despair and hopelessness that they implied and what must have led the author to write this plea for help. I then resolved that Tellurian would never forget that plea or turn their backs on anyone seeking hope and a safe place to begin their road to recovery.

Over the ensuing years, Tellurian has evolved from a modest staff of 5 to more than 200 employees providing help and assistance to 8,500 people per year through a continuum of more than 20 programs and services.Yet… as Tellurian approaches almost four decades of service to the community, we continue in our original mission of “Making Recovery a Reality”… giving our clients a chance to return to the community as productive members of society.

The staff and management of Tellurian are firmly committed to the belief that every person with an addiction or mental illness has the capacity for recovery. By offering compassion and understanding combined with state of the art treatment to all those seeking help, Tellurian focuses on meeting the highly individualized needs of each patient though a combination of science and service. Striving to reduce the barriers to treatment and overcoming the stigma associated with addiction and mental illness, we long ago realized that a driving passion to help was not, by itself, enough. It is for that reason that Tellurian is also on the “cutting edge” of new and innovative practices and treatment procedures in the form of new medications, breakthrough clinical research conducted in our own programs, and a highly trained and educated staff.

As I look to the future, I remained committed and confident that Tellurian will continue to provide the refuge and “new beginnings” for all those seeking help, and continue “Making Recovery a Reality” for all.

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The People Behind the Programs

The respect and care that management and staff have for one another is second only to the respect and care we provide to our clients. We believe that the quality of our services is derived from the diversity among our staff.

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The Teresa McGovern Center

Named for Senator George McGovern’s daughter Terry, who died in Madison, Wisconsin in 1994 following a 30 year struggle with alcoholism and depression, the Teresa McGovern Adult Residential Center is the “flagship” program of more than 20 programs and services offered by Tellurian Family of Services. Nestled in a serene wooded setting, adjacent to the Aldo Leopold Nature Preserve in Madison, Wisconsin the Teresa McGovern Center provides a safe and secure environment for those seeking help in “Making Recovery a Reality” ...as a way to a better and more productive life. This program specializes in treating the patient with a dual diagnosis.

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Tree of Life

Where does Tellurian come from?

The word tellurian means "of the earth".

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our mission

The mission of Tellurian UCAN and the Tellurian Family of Services has remained unchanged since the founding of Tellurian in 1971...“to provide a safe and nurturing environment to all those afflicted with substance abuse, addiction, mental illness, and homelessness, a broad range of innovative programs, treatment and services designed to allow each individual the opportunity to rebuild their life and re-enter the community as a productive member of society.”

Each year, the Tellurian Family of Services provides much needed help and assistance to more than 8500 people via treatment, a wide range of support services, and housing. Serving the needs of patients throughout greater Wisconsin, as well the upper Midwest, the Tellurian Family of Services continues in its mission of optimizing every patient’s chance for recovery, by “Making Recovery a Reality” for all individuals and families seeking help.