Summary: From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, “I am an alcoholic,” to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in BETWEEN BREATHS, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety-which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam-and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and keeping her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who had never found the right balance.
Honest and hopeful, BETWEEN BREATHS is an inspiring listen…..Read more.
This is such a sad, heart-breaking story, but shows the incredible power of the human will to overcome struggles. A real story of courage as she pulled herself out of the depths and regained her life.
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Elizabeth Vargas: Between Breaths Audio Book Summary
In her bold new book, Between Breaths, world-renowned television personality Elizabeth Vargas, who was the host of ABC’s 20/20 and previously of World News Tonight, comes clean about her struggles with alcohol addiction, and the steps she came to overcome them.
While in the public eye she immediately began rehab – and began documenting her experiences as a recovering alcoholic, which eventually were compiled into this book – Vargas had struggled with the disease for years.
Between Breaths takes an intimate, personal look at Vargas’ struggle to admit that she had a problem, and shows how she hided her condition for years, avoiding friends, family, and coworkers, and inventing excuses for her behavior that could, for a time, seem plausible.
In addition to addressing her struggle to admit she had a problem, Vargas looks at her time in rehab and her first year of sobriety afterwards. Perhaps most importantly, she writes of the guilt and shame she felt as a working mother who had never been able to find the necessary balance between work and family, and how alcohol had aided in the destruction of that balance.
Between Breaths: A Memoir on Panic and Addiction is a must read for anyone who suffers from or who has been impacted by a friend or family member suffering from extreme anxiety and addiction.
It’s rare to get a glimpse into such a personal testament to an addict’s experiences, and see their perspectives as the condition evolves from a minor problem to a life-altering illness. Between Breaths is a fascinating story of love and struggle, and finding priorities in the things you value most.