ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas has returned to a recovery center to be treated for alcohol dependency.
The “20/20” anchor issued a statement via email, revealing she checked into a rehab center this weekend while on vacation.
Vargas, 51, stated, “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”.
The network said in a statement that they support Vargas and look forward to having her return to ABC News.
ABC spokeswoman Heather Riley said, “Nothing is more important than Elizabeth’s health and well-being and we stand squarely behind her. 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 announced in November 2013 that she was in rehab.
She acknowledged in an interview that aired in January on “Good Morning America”that she was an alcoholic and admitted it took years for her to admit it.
She said she had suffered panic attacks since she was a child and dealt with the stress by drinking.
Vargas is married to Grammy Award-winning musician Marc Cohn. The couple have two sons, 10-year-old Zachary and seven-year-old Samuel. Vargas is also stepmother to Maxwell and Emily, Cohn’s children from his first marriage.
Vargas is a well-respected television journalist, joining NBC News in 1993 as a correspondent for “Dateline”. She went on to become of “20/20” in 2004, alongside co-anchor David Muir.
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