How amazing. The ’20/20′ anchor returned to TV after two months in rehab on Jan. 24 to take the first step of her recovery: admitting that she was an alcoholic. And right after Elizabeth bravely owned up to her addiction, Twitter exploded with an overflow of support.
“I’m really proud of what I did,” Elizabeth Vargas told George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America on Jan. 24, referring to her decision to check herself into rehab for alcohol abuse. And she wasn’t the only one who was proud. Right after the 20/20 anchor’s revealing, first post-rehab interview, countless fans on Twitter sent her messages of love, support, and congratulations.
Fans Praise Elizabeth Vargas After Brave Alcoholism Interview
Admitting that you have a problem is the first and hardest step. So when Elizabeth said those powerful words — “I am. I am an alcoholic.” — on GMA, she struck a chord with thousands of viewers. She immediately started receiving tweets from people who have been there, or people who just purely admire the courage she’s displayed:
@EVargasABC You are a wonderful lady. Know that you will be used by God to help others. No shame but gain. Blessings sweet Elizabeth
— Vicky Carroll (@HappyME64) January 25, 2014
‘I’m an alcoholic,’ ABC reporter Elizabeth Vargas admits following treatment http://t.co/zDEEITpXV7 A necessary part of rehab. Good for her.
— Dr. Brian Goldman (@NightShiftMD) January 25, 2014
@EVargasABC When you trip in life, make it part of your dance!!!
— AnnShepR (@AnnShepR) January 25, 2014
@EVargasABC Your awesome! Keep it up!
— Donna Thor (@ladyagnt) January 25, 2014
@EVargasABC AA is a wonderful program keeping going and be proud of yourself. :-)
— Scott Schmidt (@Schmidtdoggy) January 25, 2014
@EVargasABC One day at a time….God Bless!!!!!!
— Cosimo Isabella (@cdisabella) January 25, 2014
— Leah Michelle Vader (@Msleahmvader) January 25, 2014
Thanks to ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas for sharing her experience with alcoholism. Welcome back and all the best! #ElizabethVargas
— John K. Smith (Jack) (@JKSmith01) January 25, 2014
@EVargasABC Thank you for your courage and going public. One day at a time, Elizabeth!
— Colleen Carroll (@alti90) January 25, 2014
Elizabeth Vargas Thanks Fans For Support
The show of support was so overwhelming, that Elizabeth later took to Twitter to thank everyone for standing behind her during one of the toughest moments of her life:
Thank u to everyone for ur amazing support! It means so very much. U will never know how much.
— Elizabeth Vargas (@EVargasABC) January 25, 2014
It is so inspiring to see the improvements Elizabeth has made in her life — and the bravery to not only check into rehab, but to then go back on TV and own the vice.
And it is even more uplifting to see so many people respond to Elizabeth’s story with words of encouragement and support. We can’t say we’re surprised, but it is amazing to see nonetheless.
– Andrew Gruttadaro