August 17, 2014
Elizabeth VargasPhoto: Phoebe Natanson/ABC via Getty Images
ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas has entered rehab again as she continues her battle against alcohol addiction.
The “20/20” anchor has confirmed she entered a treatment facility on Saturday after realizing she needed further help to maintain her sobriety while on vacation in California.
Vargas, 51, told Page Six in a statement today, “While on vacation this weekend, I decided to return to a recovery center. 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. I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease and want to thank everyone who has offered their unwavering support during this trying time.”
Vargas, who sought treatment in a rehab facility last fall, recently signed a new contract with ABC and has the full support of her network chiefs and colleagues as she seeks further treatment.
ABC spokesperson 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, currently going through a divorce with her husband of 12 years and the father of her two sons, Marc Cohn — who we are told is also being supportive — bravely talked about her battle with alcoholism in an interview with “GMA” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos in January.
Vargas with Husband, 2012 Photo: Getty images
.“I am. I am an alcoholic,” she said. “It took me a long time to admit that to myself. It took me a long time to admit it to my family, but I am.”
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