The ABC News co-anchor previously checked into rehab for alcohol abuse last November (2013).
ABC News broadcaster Elizabeth Vargas was forced to check back into a rehabilitation facility on Saturday (Aug 16th) to seek further treatment for alcohol abuse as she struggles to maintain her sobriety.
Vargas checked into rehab on Saturday (Aug 16th)
The 51 year-old '20/20' co-anchor decided to return to rehab after realizing she needed more assistance staying off the booze while on vacation in California.
"While on vacation this weekend, I decided to return to a recovery center," Vargas said in a statement to NY Post's Page Six. "As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process."
"I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry," she continued. "I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease and want to thank everyone who has offered their unwavering support during this trying time."
Vargas, who first checked into rehab last November (2013), just signed a brand new deal with ABC, and the network is fully supporting the television journalist in her battle against alcohol addiction.
"Nothing is more important than Elizabeth's health and well-being, and we stand squarely behind her," ABC spokesperson Heather Riley added. "Our thoughts are with Elizabeth and her family, and we look forward to having her back at ABC News when she feels ready to return."
Vargas admitted she was an alcoholic in January
Vargas, who is the mother two children with husband Marc Cohn, bravely opened up about her struggle with alcohol with 'Good Morning America' co-anchor George Stephanopoulos in January. "I am. I am an alcoholic," she said. "It took me a long time to admit that to myself. It took me a long time to admit it to my family, but I am."
Vargas first began working in the news with NBC in 1993, she then moved to ABC in 1996.