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

(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."

Elizabeth Vargas  poses in ABC's World News Tonight studio,  on  Dec. 5, 2005, in New York.
Elizabeth Vargas poses in ABC's "World News Tonight" studio, on Dec. 5, 2005, in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
This Oct. 8, 2013 file photo shows ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas at the New York Film Festival premiere of All Is Lost in New York.
This Oct. 8, 2013 file photo shows ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas at the New York Film Festival premiere of "All Is Lost" in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
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