On Nosvember 9 it was announced that ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas was entering rehab for troubles with alcoholism. Now, a little less than a week and a half later, and Vargas has decided to leave the rehab facility. Upon her decision to leave, Vargas tweeted to her supporters, “I am so much better and taking it one day at a time.”
Before Elizabeth Vargas went to rehab to seek treatment, she was absent from 20/20, the primetime news show she often anchors. Those who watch the show regularly would have noticed that Vargas hasn’t been on the show since October. Then it all became too clear on why Vargas was no longer at the desk.
At the time Elizabeth Vargas released a statement:
“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. 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.”
During the past few days, Elizabeth Vargas has been receiving support from her fans and ABC family. At the time of her announcement spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider from ABC released a statement in support of Vargas seeking treatment for alcohol abuse:
“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.”
Well wishes for Elizabeth Vargas and her family during this trying time.