Carl Antisell is in long-term recovery, which for him means he has not used drugs or alcohol for over three years. At a young age, Carl began using addictive substances as a way to relieve his ongoing anxiety and depression. His use quickly progressed and eventually spun out of control. In his recovery process, he has learned healthy, effective ways to handle his emotions as well as life’s ups and downs. Carl believes that the lessons he continues to learn in recovery are valuable not only for those suffering from substance abuse, but to anyone facing life’s difficulties. Recovery has shown Carl that the feelings he struggles with are universally felt and faced by young people everywhere, and he is grateful to have learned more effective ways of coping with those emotions.
Carl has extensive experience educating young people and their families about mental health issues, as well as advocating for more openness surrounding youth mental health–specifically the challenges and stigma facing youths in recovery. He is one of the founders of the Philadelphia Chapter of Young People in Recovery, a national advocacy organization that attempts to educate the public on the issues faced by young people in recovery and empowers local youth to facilitate that change. His passion for providing resources to youths who suffer from addiction led him to establishing The Haven at University City, the first collegiate recovery residence in the Philadelphia area. His experience has shown that the most important resource for youths in recovery is peer-based support. He believes that educating young people about mental health issues will lessen the stigma attached to such problems, thereby empowering the youth community to voice their needs and allowing the greater community to build resources to support them.
Former Head Football Coach, University of South Carolina