Elizabeth Vargas is currently in rehabilitation to treat an addiction to alcohol. The 51-year-old has been noticeably absent from ABC since October. However the reason for her sudden absence was unknown. In a statement, Vargas admitted that she suffers from alcoholism and decided to enter rehab.
Vargas said she is thankful for the support she has received from her family, friends, and colleagues, as she seeks treatment. The news anchor also has the full support of her employer ABC.
As reported by USA Today, spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said they are "proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery." Schneider also made it clear that Vargas will be welcomed back when she completes her treatment:
"We look forward to having her back home... where she has done so much distinguished work over the years. Elizabeth is a member of our family... "Elizabeth Vargas' network career began in 1993 with NBC. She eventually moved on to ABC, where she co-hosts 20/20 with David Muir. Following the death of Peter Jennings, Vargas became co-anchor of World News Tonight. She also appeared on Good Morning America while Robin Roberts was on medical leave.
Her most memorable work includes coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case, the death of Matthew Shepard, an investigation into The Da Vinci Code, and a special about the "human footprint."
As reported by ABC News, Vargas has also hosted numerous one-hour programs about missing persons, same-sex marriage, and parenting.
In her statement, Vargas explains that she realized she "was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol." She said she is facing her alcoholism "a day at a time," and hopes her story will encourage others who are struggling with addiction.
Elizabeth Vargas' frank admission about her addiction is commendable. Although she admits she made mistakes, she is taking important steps to move forward.