“20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas announced this week that she has voluntarily entered a rehab center for alcohol abuse.
“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction,” she said in a statement (via “Us Weekly”). “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. An I feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming.”
Vargas, who has reportedly been absent from the ABC newsmagazine for several weeks, thanked her loved ones for their assistance in getting her help.
“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,” she added.
Vargas’s return date to “20/20” has not been set, nor is it clear when she plans to complete her stay in the facility.
The journalist is married to Marc Cohn, a singer-songwriter, with whom she has two biological children and two stepchildren.