ABC Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Enters Rehab For Alcohol Addiction

Wed, November 6, 2013 5:30pm EST by 3 Comments
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It’s a sad-but-hopeful day for ’20/20′ anchor Elizabeth Vargas, who has checked herself into an undisclosed rehab facility for alcohol addiction. Elizabeth released an official statement after many noticed her on-air absence, saying she is ‘so thankful for the love and support’ of her family, friends and colleagues.

Admitting you need help takes a lot of courage, so we’re very happy that ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas, 51, has decided to take the steps needed to take control of her alcohol problem. The talented journalist released a statement after fans and colleagues noticed her absence, showing an undeniable amount of courage in the face of very difficult circumstances.

Elizabeth Vargas: Feeling Fortunate

Even though Elizabeth is going through a horrible time, she still took the time to make a public statement, thanking her fans, family, and network for their support. “Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction,” she confirmed. “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. 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.”

ABC: Supporting Elizabeth

Despite the tough situation, ABC has Elizabeth’s back. The Disney-owned network also released a statement, saying “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.”

HollywoodLife wishes the best to Elizabeth and her family during this difficult time.

– HL Staff

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Posted at 7:01 PM on November 6, 2013  

As a woman in recovery 33 years, my children, thank God, do not remember my active alcoholism, what they remember is the wonderful sober people who came into their lives when their Mom got sober and went to meetings. My Grandchildren have never seen their grandmother drink and display the effects of alcohol on her. We have not had an alcohol induced crisis in our family in 33 years. So much to be grateful for. Ms. Vargas do not make the biggest mistake most alcoholics and addicts make, that is to think they can handle it on their own without help. If all it took was ‘knowing better”, this disease would not be reaching the number of people it is daily Just do one day at a time, trust your Higher Power and go with the winners who are successfully staying clean and sober!

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