'20/20' Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Sheds Light On Battle With Alcoholism
Elizabeth Vargas, the anchor for ABC’s 20/20, recently opened up about her battle with alcoholism.
Elizabeth Vargas: 'I Am An Alcoholic'
Vargas entered rehab to deal with her addiction to alcohol back in November of last year. Now that she’s out of treatment, she’s offered more details into her downward spiral with Good Morning American anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I am. I am an alcoholic," Vargas told Stephanopoulos. "It took me a long time to admit that to myself. It took me a long time to admit it to my family, but I am. The amount of energy I expended keeping that secret and keeping this problem hidden from view was exhausting."
According to Vargas, her consumption of alcohol was greatly fueled by a separate battle with anxiety and stress. Overtime, her drinking habits became worse, until she felt as though she couldn’t control them.
"I started thinking, 'Well, you know, I'll only drink, you know, on weekends. I'll only drink, you know, two glasses of wine a night. I won't drink on nights before I have to get up and do Good Morning America," she said. "But those deals never work."
Vargas admits that not only did her husband call her out on her alcoholism, but unknowingly, so did her kids. "I should've realized it was a problem way back when Zachary, my oldest son, was born. And he used to call my nightly glass of wine “mommy's juice,” she explained. "You know, and I thought that was hysterical. It didn't occur to me that that was a problem."
Now with the ability to admit that she’s not perfect – and that that’s okay – Vargas is happy to share her story of addiction and recovery. She hopes that by sharing her story, she might inspire others to face their problems, work to address them and come to terms their human fallibility. The ABC anchor is in Alcoholics Anonymous and working with a sponsor.
– Chelsea Regan
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