On October 14th, David Feherty, CBS Commentator and host of Golf Channel’s "Feherty", will share his personal journey at Teen Recovery Solutions Evening of Courage and Inspiration at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Born in N. Ireland in 1958, David’s life has been anything but mundane. From his original aspiration of being an opera singer to becoming a professional golfer who feared success more than he enjoyed it, David won 10 tournaments worldwide including the Scottish Open in 1986 and as a member of the 1991 European Ryder Cup team. In 1997, he retired from his golf career and captivated the outside world by establishing himself as one of the most popular voices in golf.
However, his journey has not been without struggles, battling alcoholism and depression while still charming his audiences with his satire and self-deprecating humor. "The only thing that has kept me alive is a sense of humor. I really believe that it’s a human’s best line of defense".
Alcohol and drug abuse is the #1 health issue facing teens in Oklahoma and the US. Teen Recovery Solutions, an OKC based non-profit, began in 2001 as a Foundation providing financial aid to parents unable to afford the high cost of treatment. The problem surfaced that teens were experiencing a high level of relapse when returning to the same high school and peer group after treatment. In 2006, TRS opened Mission Academy, a fully accredited high school, to help temper this high relapse occurrence and established Mission Peer Group providing activities, counseling, family support groups and retreats.
Facts: 70% of teen suicides involve alcohol or drugs , 9 of 10 auto crashes involving teens is due to alcohol, the average alcoholic begins drinking at 12 and Oklahoma has the fifth-highest drug overdose rate in the country.
TRS recognizes that abuse among teens has reached epidemic proportions and believes it can provide teens with the tools and education to succeed in long term recovery, facilitating a dramatic change in the direction of their lives. A recent graduate states, "Today I am sober, go to college and have an amazing relationship with my parents. I can say that school didn’t make me perfect, but it made me a much happier, grateful, self-aware, spiritual, honest and easy to be around person. I was very few of those things before."
We look forward to our evening with Feherty who believes transparency is necessary… "It’s essential that others know where I’ve been …it helps me survive and hopefully helps others suffering with the same issues to know that they’re not alone". As our keynote speaker, everyone will be touched by his unique wit and wisdom as he shares his life’s journey through golf and recovery "Feherty Style".
If you’d like to be a part of this special evening, ticket information available at www.teenrecoverysolutions.org or 405-843-2402