Viewers of ABC were probably puzzled when Elizabeth Vargas, who had it all, would risk it all through getting drunk over and over again. That is, if those viewers weren't familiar with the complex disease of alcoholism.
She would go to rehab. The network would welcome her back. She admitted to being an alcoholic in a public interview. Then, she would relapse.
In the bestselling book "Between Breaths," Vargas finally lets the world in on the dynamics of her kind of alcoholism. It wasn't the story of a clinically depressed person.
No, her demon was the anxiety which she had suffered with since she was a little girl. Not until her therapists convinced her to manage that part of her disease could she stay sober.
With the exception of one on-air meltdown early in her television career, Vargas had kept her severe panic attacks secret. But the time came when she couldn't keep the monster in the cage. That's when she began to depend on alcohol.
In the process she almost lost her life from alcoholic poisoning. The network, after giving her so many chances, was ready to dump her. Her husband divorced her. And who knows how emotionally scarred her two sons are.
And the marketplace recognizes that. On Amazon there are 478 customer reviews of the book. And it ranks 6,217.
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