ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas has checked into rehab for alcohol abuse, it was revealed today. The 20/20 co-anchor's current whereabouts were confirmed in a statement from news bureau spokesman Jeffrey Schneider. It should be noted that Vargas has not appeared on air in recent weeks.
"She’s checked herself into a facility, and she’s getting treatment," said Schneider. She is expected to remain at the rehab center for several weeks to complete treatment.
Vargas herself made a statement to People reiterating the hope of respect, privacy, and support that so many in her position do. "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," stated Vargas.
"I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News," she continued. "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."
While it's easy to add this latest admission to the ever-increasing pile of people in the spotlight going to rehab, one thing remains steadfastly true: Alcoholism is serious. Addiction is a problem — a very serious one that our nation faces daily and has yet to properly address — that takes a tremendous amount of willpower, support, patience, and drive to overcome. We commend Vargas on her attempt to remedy the situation and wish her all the best moving forward.