News Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Returns to Rehab

By Shawn Dwyer 08/18/14

The co-host of 20/20 has apparently relapsed and gone back to an undisclosed treatment facility.

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After opening up about her struggles with alcoholism earlier this year, it appears that ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas has gone back to rehab.

Vargas, who currently co-hosts the long-running 20/20, confirmed that she had checked into a treatment facility over the weekend while on vacation.

"As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process," Vargas said in an emailed statement. "I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry."

Her network confirmed that Vargas was being treated for alcoholism and expressed their support for her recovery in their own statement.

"We look forward to having her back at ABC News when she feels ready to return," ABC said.

Vargas previously checked into an undisclosed treatment facility in November 2013 to deal with her problem with alcohol for the first time.

“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction,” she said at the time. “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol.”

Vargas opened up to friend and colleague George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning, America back in January, stating that her problems with alcohol stemmed from childhood anxiety.

“I dealt with that anxiety, and with the stress that the anxiety brought by starting to drink. And it slowly escalated and got worse and worse,” she said.

The name of her current treatment facility remains undisclosed and her length of stay has yet to be determined.

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