Wow. This certainly came out of left field. 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas has been in rehab for weeks dealing with an alcohol abuse problem and will continue to be in treatment for at least a few more weeks.
“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction,” the anchor said in a statement obtained by multiple outlets. “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming. 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.”
ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said in a statement, “We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery. 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.”
Wishing her the best and it’s good she is taking charge of her life and her addiction. Just goes to show you never know who is struggling on the inside when they seem totally put together on the outside.