We are shocked to hear that Elizabeth Vargas has been battling with substance abuse and has now checked herself into rehab!
The 51-year-old co-anchor of ABC's news program 20/20 has been noticeably absent from the show recently. She has now opened up about needing help, admitting:
"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.
Elizabeth is also known for her brief stint as the anchor of World News Tonight, a post she held for six months following the death of Peter Jennings.
The news anchor is turning to her colleagues at ABC as well as her family during this difficult time. She is married to Walking in Memphis singer Marc Cohn and together they have two sons.
She commented on the support she's receiving, saying:
"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."
Be strong, Elizabeth! We truly wish you nothing but the best!
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