- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 6, 2013

ABC’s “20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas has checked into a rehab center for alcohol abuse, she confirmed today.

The 51-year-old reportedly checked into the treatment facility a few weeks ago and isn’t set to return to her anchoring job for another few weeks, an insider told the New York Daily News.

“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction,” she said in a statement on Wednesday. “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.”

An ABC spokesman said the network is “proud” of Miss Vargas for taking the first step toward recovery.

“We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery,” the 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.”



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