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Publisher Description

Beloved former ABC 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas reveals her alcohol addiction and anxiety disorder in a shockingly honest and emotional memoir.

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, eventually turning to alcohol for a release from her painful reality. The now-A&E Network reporter reveals how she found herself living in denial about the extent of her addiction, and how she kept 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 could never find the right balance between a career and parenting. Honest and hopeful, Between Breaths is an inspiring read. Winner of the Books for a Better Life Award in the First Book category Instant New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

Biographies & Memoirs
September 13
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Mollie Manners ,

A great visual!

I have been sober 14 years and some change. Three weeks after reaching my 13 year of sobriety, my son Landon died of a heroine overdose; November 21st 2017, He was 20. The disease of alcoholism tells us that drinking is the answers to all of our problems, conversely , our program tells us that acceptance is the answer to all of our problems. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. Today, and only today, some times minute by minute, I remember that I have a choice about how to cope.

Our family agreed to grant an AP journalist to write an in-depth story about our experience — the good, the bad and the ugly. It was released on January 29th 2019 and like you, I had middle of the night anxiety and panic about how it would be received and perceived .

If one parent found out they were not alone it was worth the effort. We have been surrounded by love and support. However, there are so many layers to this story that have yet to be addressed. We are in the infancy of this epidemic, and the more people tell the story of addiction, the closer we are to accepting and taking responsibility as a society.

Thank you Elizabeth, for your candor. I’m proof that the program works, my son is proof that addiction will kill. Wishing you the best, Mollie W, La Quinta, CA

Likkle More ,

An Open Book on Addiction

This book has helped me understand my issues. Thank you! Elizabeth I can relate to your life. Being a business owner and a woman, mom of 3, and footing all the bills while married is a lot to manage. Watching your husbands income go to his ex-wife because you can pay the bills is even more stressful! I know the feeling!

Salgal85 ,

Thankful for this book

I love this book, it hit home with me. Thank you Elizabeth for writing this book.. I know you have helped people with your honesty about being a addict.. one day at a time... I’m 19 yrs sober