ABC News’s Elizabeth Vargas Leaves Rehab: “I Am So Much Better”
Update (November 19)
On November 19, Elizabeth Vargas took to Twitter to confirm that she is home from rehab. "Hello everyone!" the ABC News co-anchor wrote. "I am home, and so grateful for all your support and well wishes. I am so much better and taking it one day at a time. :)" No official word yet when she'll return to work, but we're glad to hear that things are going well!
Original story (November 6)
Elizabeth Vargas hasn’t been at her familiar place behind the 20/20 news desk recently and it’s not because the ABC News co-anchor’s been out on vacation. As it turns out, the 51-year-old journalist actually checked into rehab weeks ago for alcohol addiction.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms the news, saying that Elizabeth has been at an undisclosed facility for the past couple of weeks.
"Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction," Elizabeth said in a statement. "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.”
She continues, “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."
Elizabeth isn’t the only public figure to keep their rehab treatment a secret at first. In September, we learned former Disney star Zac Efron had actually completed a trip to rehab five months earlier.
Elizabeth is expected to return to work after her treatment is completed. An ABC News statement reads: “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."