Elizabeth Vargas is an American journalist and anchor of ABC’s news magazine 20/20 and ABC News Specials. She is also a recovering alcoholic. Alcoholism knows no social boundaries and affects anyone from any background who drinks to excess. And recovery for the alcoholic can be very challenging at times, Vargas was treated for her alcohol addiction not once but twice.
She wanted to share her experience of recovery with her listeners and viewers so she sat down with Diane Sawyer for this special on her recovery process. Her story is not uncommon, no one sets out to become an alcoholic, its happens gradually where one day the alcohol dependent personal finds they feel they cannot give up drinking, don’t want to give up drinking and keeps their drinking as hidden from others as they can.
In the US, nearly 14 million adults drink excessively or have an alcoholism problem. Those who begin drinking before the age of 15 are twice as likely to abuse alcohol and four times more likely to become dependent/addicted to alcohol dependence on the drug.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than seven percent of the American population aged 18 and up have a drinking problem. That’s nearly 13.8 million Americans, and 8.1 million of them are considered alcoholic. Not one set out to become an alcoholic, or to negatively affect their lives, families and work.
Treatment and support
Alcoholism takes a huge toll on a person’s life, their relationships with their family and work. This is what happened to Ms Vargas and yet with treatment and support she became what we call a success story. She found treatment and a strong desire to lead a healthy life, free of alcohol. Unfortunately so many people do not find the solutions, support or the desire and are lost to alcoholism.
Recovery and a new life
We encourage you to watch and listen to Ms Vargas’ inspirational story. She barely survived and yet she, with the support of others, was able to turn her life around. No one is hopeless, no matter how far they have fallen.
And if you or a loved one is struggling with an alcohol problem call our hotline and get some guidance. Alcohol addiction can be treated, there is always hope. Call Now 1-888-702-6908