ABC 20/20 Anchor Elizabeth Vargas in Rehab for Alcohol Addiction

ABC’s 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas has been off your television screen for a few weeks, and now the Daily News reported that it’s because she’s been in rehab for alcohol abuse.

They cited a source close to Vargas saying that she’s been at an undisclosed rehab facility for several weeks and plans to remain there for another few weeks. The anchor and reporter confirmed the news herself, releasing a statement:

“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction. I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming. I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News. Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time. If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I’m grateful.”

“We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery,” an ABC spokesman said. “We look forward to having her back home at ABC News, where she has done so much distinguished work over the years. Elizabeth is a member of our family, and we will support her in every way we can.”

[h/t Daily News]

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