Elizabeth Vargas Confirms Alcohol Abuse & Rehab Stay

Posted Thursday November 7, 2013 12:47 PM GMT

She’s taken a mysterious hiatus from her seat on “20/20,” and now Elizabeth Vargas is finally opening up about her sudden absence.

The 51-year-old co-anchor confirmed on Thursday (November 7) that she is seeking treatment for alcohol abuse in a rehabilitation center.

“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction," Vargas said in a statement. "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.”

Elizabeth has been in the journalism field for years, working on both “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.”

After her statement, ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said, "We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery. 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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