Elizabeth Vargas Part 6: Finding Hope and Redemption

Vargas hopes sharing her story will send a message that getting sober is worth the fight.
3:09 | 09/10/16

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Hey, guys. Reporter: Tonight, as you know, Elizabeth vargas is back in command. How many people live here? Reporter: Back with the people and stories she loves. The breaking news reports. And now the personal story she hopes will help someone else. It has been more than two years since she pulled herself back from that abyss. You say people are going to say, "This book is too soon." Oh, I'm sure. Reporter: "You haven't been sober long enough for this book." Could they be right? You know, sure. But when's the right time? There's no guarantee that I can stay sober for two years, five years, ten years, 15 years. The truth of the matter is, every single alcoholic only has today. None of us knows what will happen tomorrow. We all do everything we can today that tomorrow we won't pick up a drink. But we really only have today. Reporter: Now, she attends meetings. Support groups. And has learned if she's ever out someplace she feels tempted to drink, she has to leave. And she also makes time for meditation to tame all that old anxiety. Do you still have triggers? Hunger, anger, loneliness? Hungry, angry, lonely, tired. For me, anger -- Reporter: Tired. Anger. Right. And is there something specific, you know, to do? Pick up the phone and call somebody. Reporter: And by the way, I've also learned something new in doing this story. Unless an alcoholic in recovery volunteers the exact number of sober days, don't ask. Their accountability is not to us, it's to themselves and those they love. But you don't count the days of sobriety? Or do you? I do. But I, that's something I -- you know, I keep to myself. Reporter: Why? If I were to to talk about it openly, like on national television, it feels like I jinx myself in a way. Reporter: And today, that woman once so afraid of showing any imperfection says she likes to begin each day with an anthem to humility and acceptance. It's a song by Leonard Cohen, a prayer for the broken places and the light that can shine through. ? From this broken hill I will sing to you ? There's a favorite saying I heard that was, you know, when you pray to god, there are three answers. And one is, "Yes," "Not now," and "I have something better for you." Reporter: So the sun is going to be setting on us here. Yeah. Yeah. Another good day. And you know what? At the end of the day when I'm in bed, it's another, "Thank you, god, for this day." ? If it be with ?

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