Transcript for Elizabeth Vargas Back Home
We're going to next to a headline that's personal for the team here at ABC news, Elizabeth vargas returning to work tonight on "20/20." She bravely chose a path that didn't come easily. Viewers tweeted their support all day. One tweeting, Elizabeth, thank you so much for your honesty, you'll be inspired. Elizabeth making her return this morning. We're thrilled to be welcoming back Elizabeth vargas. Reporter: Showing extraordinary bravery and honesty across from George. The amount of energy I expended keeping that secret and keeping this problem hidden from view, hidden from my family, hidden from friends, from colleagues was exhaust zblrg her private battle suddenly became a public one. It relieves me of that secrecy and that burden of walking around through life live living behind a fas ad. Reporter: She says the alcoholism stemmed in part from another struggle, one that has shadowed her since her childhood, growing up in a military family, severe, crippling answerty that set in the day her father was called to duty in a far-away war. My dad went to Vietnam when I of 6 years old. I had panic attacks. Her mother told me she remembers that panicked little girl. Every morning when I would leave to go to work, she would cry and beg me not to go. Reporter: She revealed the anxiety and panic also close behind. I should realized it was a problem way back when Zachary my oldest son was born, and he used to call my nightly glass of wine mommy's juice, you know, and I thought that was hysterical. Tonight, on "20/20," she takes the viewers through her very personal struggle. It's always embarrassing to have the entire world know your deepest, darkest secret and yet I think in the long term it will be ultimately a blessing because it can be free about it. More of her journey on "20/20." When we come back here on "World news" -- watch very closely. Would you notice a little bear
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