ABC News broadcaster Elizabeth Vargas has entered rehab once again in order to address her addiction to alcohol. The 20/20 anchor has been vocal in the past about her struggles with alcoholism.
Vargas reportedly decided to enter rehab because she felt that she needed the extra support when she was vacationing in California. Vargas released a statement, saying "As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process."
Vargas is certainly not alone in feeling the need to seek extra support in order to continue on her path to sobriety. Sobriety is a way of living that requires a lifetime of effort and focus.
Feelings of Shame
In her statement, Vargas also noted that she felt ashamed about her relapse, and that she felt that she had "let (her)self, (her) co-workers, and most importantly (her) family down." It is very common for those who are struggling with alcoholism to feel feelings of guilt and shame.
One reason for this is that when a person is addicted to alcohol, they drink to the point that they are no longer in control of their behaviors. This often leads to actions and words that are counter to the way they would actually like to behave.
Because a person who is drinking heavily is out of control of their actions, they may feel guilt or shame around their behavior while drinking. The reality is, however, that alcoholism is in fact a disease.
Like any other disease, it requires treatment if an addict is to get better.
A Supportive Workplace
Vargas's employer, ABC News has expressed support for their anchor, saying that they understand the need for Vargas to seek help and that her health is the priority for them. This type of understanding is ideal when it comes to the relationship between an alcoholic employee and their boss.
As more and more workplaces continue to demonstrate less of a stigma towards alcoholism, alcoholics who need medical help are in a much better position to seek the help they need without fear of losing their job. Perhaps it is this shift away from stigma that had initially given Vargas the courage to open up about her alcoholism on Good Morning America in January of 2014.
In an interview with Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos, Vargas admitted that she was in fact an alcoholic, and that she had been in denial about her disease for quite some time.
Hope in Rehab
The fact that Vargas re-entered rehab shows that she is committed to a healthy life and that she will do whatever it takes to emerge triumphant against the dangerous and complicated disease that is alcoholism. The first step any addict must take in order to improve their lives is to seek professional help and to make a commitment to themselves to do the challenging work that comes with reclaiming ones life from the dangers of alcoholism.
In treatment, a recovering addict will have a wealth of resources available to them. Many major triggers, such as the presence of toxic people, access to alcohol, and work-related stress, are removed, so that a recovering addict can focus on getting better.
In treatment, recovering alcoholics like Vargas also have access to the mental and physical health professionals who can help them to strengthen and cultivate the skills they need to avoid drugs and alcohol and to continue to grow and evolve as a healthy sober person. Treatment is truly the key to a happier and safer life.
With treatment, a new lease on life is possible.