Posted: 4:42 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
After completing rehab this fall, Elizabeth Vargas made her first appearance back on ABC Friday morning and made the admission “I am an alcoholic, 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 20/20 host told George Stephanopoulos in an Good Morning America interview that “the amount of energy I expended keeping that secret and keeping this problem hidden from view was exhausting.
“I started thinking, ‘Well, you know, I’ll only drink, you know, on weekends,” she explained. “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. But those deals never work.”
But the turning point came for her when she showed up for a 20/20 shoot and realized she was “in no shape to do that interview,” and at that point realized she needed help to deal with the addiction.The 51-year-old completed rehab in November and is now a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.”I have a sponsor. I have great, great friends who I love and who love me,” she said. “Alcohol for me is no longer an option.”