On Friday evening, “20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas brings an intimate and jaw-dropping report on mothers who are struggling to stay alive – battling their alcohol addiction before it’s too late. The in-depth hour profiles the stories of four women from across the country who open-up with startling honesty about their battle with the bottle in “MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPER” AIRING ON “20/20” FRIDAY, APRIL 30th AT 10:00PM / ET ON ABC.
Going inside the homes and behind the normally locked doors of rehab, “20/20’s” cameras capture never-before-seen moments and rare details of these women’s harrowing and gut-wrenching struggles with their addiction. From children and husbands, to friends and loved ones – the devastating and heart-breaking effects of alcoholism unfold before the camera’s lens. “Mothers Little Helper” introduces America to Tina, a DC stay-at-home mom who once had a successful political career — to best-selling author Mary Karr, who chronicled her decent into alcoholism in shocking detail in her recent memoir, Lit — to Stephanie, a onetime “cocktail crusader” from California, and Lynn, a lifetime drinker and 50-year-old wife and mother in Mississippi, who must choose between her addiction and her family.
From dumping their stash of empty liquor bottles, to hiding morning glasses of wine in coffee mugs, the women share with Vargas their desperate attempts to keep their shameful secret from those around them. “20/20” also gained exclusive access to Lynn’s five days of detox and thirty days in rehab where cameras captured therapy sessions and chronicled the daily struggles, she, and so many other women around the country endure. Some of the women will succeed, others will fail as they face a never-ending fight; a disease that has resulted in broken marriages, children who live in terror and the many lives that may be damaged beyond repair.
This report airs on “20/20,” FRIDAY, APRIL 30 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Elizabeth Vargas and Chris Cuomo are the co-anchors of ABC News’ “20/20.” David Sloan is the executive producer.