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
20/20 Anchor: I'm in Rehab
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." (Read more 20/20 stories.)

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