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ABC's Elizabeth Vargas Checks Into Rehab For Alcoholism

11/06/2013 04:55 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014
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ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas has checked into rehab for alcohol abuse, the New York Daily News reported on Wednesday.

Vargas, who co-anchors "20/20" and was briefly a co-anchor of "World News," told the paper that she is one of the many people struggling with addiction.

"I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol," she said, "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.”

The Daily News said that Vargas will return to "20/20" in a few weeks. She is by no means the first media figure to battle addiction. Former Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue, for instance, has openly discussed her problems with alcohol.

“Getting sober is the greatest decision I ever made in my life," she told Glenn Beck. "It was the best thing I ever did for myself, for my family, and for the community at large."

An ABC News spokesman told the Daily News that the network is behind Vargas completely.

"Elizabeth is a member of our family, and we will support her in every way we can," the spokesman said.

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