didn’t seek to become a prominent voice for the recovery community. But the longtime ABC News
anchor was put on that path nearly a decade ago when her treatment for alcohol addiction and anxiety became tabloid fodder. Once the news was out, Vargas decided she’d better be the one to tell her story. She wrote a much-praised book, “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction,” in 2016. Last year she launched a podcast, “Heart of the Matter
,” with the Partnership to End Addiction
nonprofit advocacy group. The series is devoted to candid conversations about addiction and mental health crises. Vargas was also just tapped by Fox
to host the revival of “America’s Most Wanted
,” scheduled to premiere in March.
You’ve been vocal about the need for better mental health and substance abuse treatment options, especially with the conditions of the pandemic. What have you learned from your recent reporting?