The ABC News anchor has admitted to having a problem and has begun seeking professional help
Elizabeth Vargas has admitted herself in to a rehabilitation clinic at an undisclosed location after admitting to having a problem with her alcohol consumption. The ABC News anchor was admitted to the clinic at some point over the past few weeks, with the announcement of her admittance coming on Wednesday, 6 November, via CNN.
"Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction," Vargas said in a statement released this week. "I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News."
As well as not knowing the whereabouts of her treatment facility, the anchor and 20/20 host has also kept any information regarding how long she has been in the rehab clinic for under wraps too. The last time she updated her Twitter profile was on October 18, so there is a chance that she may have been seeking help for a few weeks already. She added in her statement, "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."
Jeffrey Schneider, spokesman for ABC, said that the network is "proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery," adding, "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."
Elizabeth Vargas is seeking treatment for her alcohol problem