However, it seems to prey more aggressively on high achievers like Robin Williams - and Elizabeth Vargas. The rooms of recovery groups are filled with the driven.
As the New York Post reports, "20/20" reporter Vargas has returned to rehab for further treatment of her problem with alcohol. Here is that coverage.
Back in rehab, Vargas probably will be again reminded that alcoholism is "cunning, baffling, and powerful." The ultimate Machiavellian persuader it tells those proven to have the disease that, this time, it's okay to have just a few. That's usually how relapse happens after a period of sobriety.
At age 23, I knew I was an alcoholic. Finally, at age 36, I entered treatment. For 21 years I was alcohol-free. Then, suddenly, my sister died and my two dogs Nicole and Joshua had to be put to sleep. It was a two-year relapse.
What I learned during those two years is that, yes, alcoholism is "cunning, baffling, and powerful."
This blog wishes Vargas the gift of surrender to the reality that one drink is too many. More than that will never ever be enough.