’20/20′ anchor Elizabeth Vargas continues to talk about battling alcoholism, anxiety in new memoir
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The “20/20” anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, reveals more about battling alcoholism and anxiety in her new book “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction” and talks about her former husband leaving her.
Vargas battled with alcoholism and first talked about it in 2013. She shared that she came home from a Tennessee rehab in 2014 and was welcomed with the divorce papers from her husband, Marc Cohn. In a recent interview, 54-year-old Vargas shared, “It was brutally difficult. I think anyone can imagine what that felt like.” She and Cohn have been married for 12 years and her 2014 rehab stint was the third time she has undergone such.
Vargas is now in recovery and her relationship with Cohn is all about co-parenting as they share two children together, 13-year-old Zach and 10-year-old Sam. She shared that she loves their children and they will be in each other’s lives for the rest of their lives.
More on her “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction,” Vargas revealed more about relying on drinking to calm her nerves whenever she was anxious. She talked more about the book in an interview with Diane Sawyer, which will air this Friday via a special edition of “20/20.”
Vargas told Sawyer, “On one occasion, I had what I know to be a lethal level of alcohol in my blood system. And even that didn’t scare me into stopping. Can you believe it? Even that.” She also said that during the time she has been addicted to alcohol, she loves her children but would not stop drinking for their sake.
She is also now meditating in order to cope with her anxiety. She said that she no longer reaches for a glass of wine and that meditating has taught her to sit with her thoughts and feelings then observe them.