Elizabeth Vargas Opens Up About Alcoholism and Anxiety

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The "20/20" co-anchor shares her story in a new book, "Between Breaths," and opens up to Diane Sawyer on a special edition of "20/20" airing this Friday, Sept. 9, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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i hope anyone suffering w/an addiction can learn from something from this.

Author — nybsbfan18

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I still love ya! I admire your strength, honesty! Guess what? You're only human! 👍😘🌹

Author — karlene Boney

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I am so very proud of you Elizabeth! I too am an alcoholic and have been sober for 4 years now! So happy for no more hangovers and bodoy shakes! Stay well my dear friend and much love sent to you and your boys!

Author — Bernadette Kearns

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I struggle with alcoholism also. Her story is an inspiration for me in my fight to get sober. Thank you Elizabeth:)

Author — Brian Rappleye

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Elizabeth thank you for been so brave and sharing

Author — Greg Scully

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sharing helps to heal. your awesome to go on air a talk to the public about this disease... your a brave women...blessings

Author — Frances Welch

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I can totally relate to everything she talked about in her interview. I've dealt with anxiety for pretty much my whole life. Alcohol was my escape into dealing. With it. My anxiety would be so bad I would hyperventilate and break into hives in stressful situations. My early twenties were spent drinking and partying but drinking much to excess. Getting older it only got worse. Hiding alcohol, going to work drunk, and being in complete denial. It's a day to day struggle. And it is possible to get through but you really have to know who your true friends and loved ones are. It's hard to do it alone and you need to have the support of others who love and care about you to get you through. I had horrible relapses mainly due to bad relationships. That only made the drinking problem that much worse.

Author — Dani H

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Elizabeth`s story is my story. I have found my will and my want to be free from the chaos alcohol brought to my life and to lives of those who love me. I share the same guilt for the drunk mom my daughter woke to during those lowest times. I am thankfully and proudly sober 09/25/09 sending you the biggest sober hug

Author — Get it Together 64

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Very open and candid about her experience. Alcoholism (esp. coupled with anxiety) is most certainly a growing problem in this country. Not just for women.

Author — Watch FRIENDS With Me

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Elizabeth Vargas I cannot wait to buy your book and read it! I'm an alcoholic and trying my best to do better like going to AA meetings Church reading my AA book and my John Gray book. It's still a huge reality for me that's why I love to hear your story and love to read books of yours. I have faith and I trust myself that one day soon I will never take another drink. All I have to remember is one day at a time and to me that's the key. Thank you so much for your story

Author — Amy West

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I have major anxiety and often rely on wine and/or vodka. Not sure if my being a veteran has something to do with that, because before my time in service, I was fine.

Author — Alana Branch

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What happens when you like beer/wine but limit your intake?

Author — MIchael Belt

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Alcohol abuse is not a medical problem. It is a behaviour problem.
I find it odd that when a popular woman is alcoholic she is just ill. When a man is alcoholic he is a bum.

Author — Rory Tennes

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I love to fly but it scares the shit out of me.

Author — Christopher Cunningham

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I swapped self meditating with alcohol and now I use canabiss and I'm better

Author — Christopher Cunningham

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I sincerely hope this comment gets to Elizabeth Vargas (and Diane Sawyer) - because her feelings about it being a continuous battle is dangerous in itself and I hope she considers my words.
Most people do not understand that alcoholism is not only a physical addiction; it is also a psychological addiction (and no, it is not a disease).  And disregarding the psychological aspect is not healthy.
Alcoholism is when a person is currently living with their physical and psychological addiction to alcohol.  Once you beat the physical and psychological addiction, you no longer "need" alcohol to survive.
Unfortunately, all of the so-called counseling (including AA), continue to ingrain that “need” into the minds of those already inflicted with the psychological addiction.
I, personally, pretty much lived in a bottle for more than seventeen (17) years (started as a pre-teen). I was told once by a drug abuse counselor that I would never stop drinking unless I go to AA for the rest of my life, and/or accept Jesus as my savior.
I have not had a drink in more than thirty-six (36) years.  And have not gone to any counseling (including AA), or accepted Jesus into my heart in order to maintain that abstinence.
I can walk by any establishment that serves alcohol, and can even sit inside a bar (which I’ve done on numerous occasions), and not even think about having a drink.
I have had many bad things happen within my life after I stopped drinking, and unlike Elizabeth Vargas (and probably most people reading this), not once did I even think of having a drink. I don’t have to go to any meetings, call a sponsor, or go crying to anybody; I simply don’t even think about alcohol as a solution to any problems I may be facing.  Alcohol never enters my mind during any stressful times in my life.    Want to know why?
Because I didn’t buy into the “I ‘need’ to drink”.
I stopped drinking because I simply got tired of drinking and didn’t “want” to drink anymore.
And I continue to not drink simply because I don’t “want” to.  Not because I “can’t”.
Stop believing you "need" to drink, otherwise you always will.

Author — 4sundown