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Alcoholism: One Year Sober

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Alcoholism affects about 17.6 million people in the U.S.

That according to the National Alcoholism Center, which also says an alcohol dependency can impact every aspect of a person's life.

That was true for Teri.

We first met Teri McLain in the spring of 2012, shortly after she had made the decision to fight alcoholism.

For Teri, a big part of embracing sobriety was relearning how to fill her time.

Golfing is one activity that has kept her busy, and that's where Jennifer Thorgramson met up with her, on the golf course, for an update on her recovery now that she's one year sober.

"You're driving!"

It's been a long ride.

"There you go! Give her a go!"

One that's been worth the trip.

"Ready? Ready!"

One year ago, she invited KX News on her very personal journey, and today, Teri McLain can proudly say she is one year sober.

(Teri McLain, One Year Sober) "On the last interview that we did, I was very candid, very open. I was really amazed at how many friends and even strangers who said, 'Man, you're so brave! Thank you so much.' I'll get facebooked and emailed and I don't mind it because if I can support someone else, I will. And I encourage anybody that needs help to do it because it's good."

She's learned a lot in the past year.

Forgiveness, NAT mostly of herself and patience.

"And of course there's always a hazard."

And she's also picked up a few new skills along the way to sobriety.

Cooking, golfing, sewing, even coloring books.

Anything to keep her busy.

"And she's on the fairway."

(Teri McLain, One Year Sober) "It was coping skills. Before my coping was in the bottom of a bottle some where. But today, it might sound a little foreign to you, but I'm able to recognize my feelings. I'm able to verbalize my feelings and so for me it's just understanding what I'm feeling and why. And it's okay to be angry or said. Not every day is going to be daisies. But as long as it's sober, then it's a good day."

(Teri McLain, One Year Sober) "I've learned to just turn my glass over. People know. Sometimes they ask, 'Oh! Can I get you a glass of wine,' I say, 'No! I'm a raging alcoholic!' I'm just open and honest about it. They either love it or hate it but most of the time they laugh. It's okay. I'm the one with the problem here. I don't need you to hide the B-E-E-R."

Whether she's on the green or navigating another of life's hazards, Teri is inviting anyone struggling to join her on this worthy journey.

(Teri McLain, One Year Sober) "You're missing out! There's no reason to struggle. None. There will be hard days but you can get through this. Stick around positive people who support you. I learn something new about myself everyday and I like who I am today."

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

As she did one year ago, Teri stressed that it's important to have a solid support group when fighting alcoholism.

She says it's important to find a support avenue that works for you.

A good place to start: AAnorthdakota.org

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