A common saying in recovery groups is that the first step to quitting an addiction is admitting you have a problem. Even though it is only the first step in a long journey, it is often one of the hardest things for people to do.
Addictions grow slowly and elusively, and it is hard to spot one growing in someone, at least initially. Then problems begin to start, and get worse, and the addiction starts to take over the life of the addict.
The co-anchor of 20/20, Elizabeth Vargas has only recently begun to open up about her issues with alcoholism after completing a stay in rehab. She is now willing to share the details of her story by writing a memoir about her alcohol problem and the process of her recovery.
Someone who drinks may not always be an alcoholic but there is a fine line that differentiates the two types of people. Surprisingly, almost half the American population is made up of people who hardly drink at all and never consume alcohol in excess.