20/20 Anchor: I'm in Rehab
Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News is speaking out about alcohol addiction
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2013 4:00 AM CST
Elizabeth Vargas poses in ABC's "World News Tonight" studio, on Dec. 5, 2005, in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

(Newser) – Elizabeth Vargas, who's been with ABC News since 1996 and has been co-anchoring 20/20 since 2004, confirmed yesterday that she is in rehab for alcohol abuse, E! reports. "Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction. I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol," Vargas says in a statement. "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 a day at a time. If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I'm grateful."

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Nov 8, 2013 1:23 PM CST
Good for you Ms. Vargas for coming forward and telling the truth. There will be those who say it would have gotten out anyway. And that may be true, but at least she addressed it. I am quite sure the story could have been hidden and denied, as it is for many public figures and their kids. There is no shame in attending to your health as you see fit. Good Luck to you and you family.
Nov 7, 2013 10:41 PM CST
She's hot. I'd like to meet her in a bar & get a couple of Screwdrivers in her ??
Nov 7, 2013 4:59 PM CST
A toast to you, but I'm not giving up my hot toddies.