The news anchor head to rehab to combat her alcohol addiction.
Elizabeth Vargas had entered rehab to combat her alcohol addiction after going off air since October. The 51 year-old 20/20 news anchor has confirmed that she is currently undergoing treatment for alcoholism and will return to her job once she has managed to get her addiction under control.
Elizabeth Vargas Has Entered Rehab To Combat Her Alcohol Problems.
The mother-of-two issued the following statement to the NY Post's [email protected]: "Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction. I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming."
She added "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 With Her Son, Zachary.
An insider said that Vargas is currently in rehab and will be until her addiction is manageable: "She's checked herself into a facility and she's getting treatment. She's been there for a few weeks and will be there for another few weeks."
Vargas' colleagues were initially told that she was on medical leave but now news of her alcoholism has emerged, all are said to be supporting Elizabeth through this difficult time. Vargas, who is married to singer Marc Cohn, is said to have struggled with the devastating news of the Newtown school shooting last December which could have caused her problem to escalate.
The News Anchor Is Taking One Day At A Time To Battle Her Addiction.
However, ABC are supporting Vargas throughout her treatment and are even rumoured to be planning a way for her to publically present her issues, via perhaps a People interview and photoshoot to set the record straight.
"We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery," an ABC spokesman says. "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."