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ABC's Elizabeth Vargas speaks with Central Ohio students about addiction, mental health

Elizabeth Vargas, known from ABC'S 20/20 and ABC News, is in New Albany tonight to discuss addiction and mental health with moderator Stacia Naquin, from ABC6/FOX28. (WSYX/WTTE)

Elizabeth Vargas, known from ABC'S 20/20 and ABC News, is in New Albany tonight to discuss addiction and mental health with moderator Stacia Naquin, from ABC6/FOX28.

In Vargas' book, Between Breaths, she discusses how she has been dealing with anxiety since she was a child. Then, when she got older, she used alcohol to self-medicate the lifelong anxiety.

Now, she wants to break the stigma of mental health and addiction, by speaking about her past.

"There's so much about the disease of addiction that people don't understand and there's still so much stigma about it," Vargas said in an exclusive one-on-one interview with Naquin.

Vargas also spoke with students from Central Ohio, and encouraged them to speak up, if they're struggling.

Through sharing her story, Vargas wants people to find hope.

Her advice to those going through mental illness, or addiction? "Being grateful. I think that’s the important part. None of us is promised tomorrow... and I think too many of us go through life taking for granted we’re healthy and alive and aware and able to walk through our day. Being grateful is the best antidote for that. Being grateful keeps you in the present. Worrying about the future just ruins the gift of today," said Vargas.

Vargas' discussion is apart of The Jefferson Series, presented by The New Albany Community Foundation.




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