ABC News Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Checks Into Alcohol Treatment Program
The popular 20/20 news anchor Elizabeth Vargas has checked herself into an alcohol rehabilitation center. As reported by nydailynews.com, someone close to Vargas states that she is in rehab and getting treatment for her alcohol addiction. “She’s been there for a few weeks and will continue to be there for another few weeks.” the source stated.
Vargas confirmed herself that she is in fact in treatment and will be returning to her position as soon as she is feeling better and ready to carry on her life again.
She elaborated to nydailynews.com: “Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction. I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming. I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News. Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time. If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I’m grateful.”
ABC said in a statement that they are “proud of the steps” that Vargas has taken. They are grateful for the distinguished work she has accomplished during her time with the network; she is a member of their family and they will support her in any way that they can.
What Is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is basically defined by an obsession to drink at any time during the day, despite the consequences or circumstances. It has been recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a genetic disease.
Alcoholics drink no matter what, and such drinking is usually followed by extreme behavior, making the person “not themselves”. Constant repercussions follow the alcoholic because of his drinking.
The obsession to drink can start at any age for the alcoholic, provided that they are in fact able to reach a supply of alcohol to activate the bodily disease that causes the alcoholic to drink obsessively. Alcoholics have been described as having an “allergy” to alcohol.
This means that, when consumed, their body reacts abnormally to the substance. As a result, the alcoholic needs more and more alcohol to appease the craving, which continues to climb and climb until the drinker can no longer sustain the amount they are drinking and pass out.
As a result of this heavy drinking, it is no surprise that alcohol poisoning is a common affliction in the world of chronic drinkers. Over time, their bodies are able to withstand the onslaught of constant drinking, at least for a certain amount of time, a tolerance builds, and the alcoholic is able to appear to carry on a normal life, at least outwardly.
However, such a lifestyle catches up with them, and a large array of serious health problems can come about. The human body cannot take all that alcohol on a daily basis. The liver starts to go, resulting in liver damage and, eventually, a condition known as multiple sclerosis. Other conditions such as heart and liver failure occur, and another bizarre and horrifying scenario knows as “wet-brain”.
As outlined by Hamsnetwork.org, wet brain (known by a few other names, including Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome) is basically a condition where the brain is unable to absorb the vitamin known as thiamine, or vitamin B1. Alcohol interferes with this process, and with enough alcohol consumed over a long enough amount of time, the brain simply loses its ability to absorb B1.
This occurs when a thiamine deficiency is already occurring, usually from heavy drinking, and the constant bursts of glucose, which is found in most alcohol, keep hitting the brain and start to degrade the white matter. People who have wet brain often display symptoms of bad muscle coordination, confabulation (remembering events that never happened), inability to form new memories, loss of memory to a severe degree and troubled vision, such as constant blurriness and double-vision.
All this, of course, is not to say that Elizabeth Vargas has any of these symptoms or conditions going on with her at the moment. The one and only cure is alcohol treatment and total abstinence. Only then will the onslaught of alcohol to the body cease and the damage will begin to be repaired. The fact that Elizabeth Vargas has gotten into treatment and, hopefully, recovery is a great victory and it is a great possibility we will see a new and healthy woman step out the other side in the coming weeks.