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Elizabeth Vargas Returns to Rehab for Alcohol Addiction

By    |   Monday, 18 Aug 2014 07:07 PM

ABC “20/20” anchor ElizabethVargas checked into rehab Saturday for alcohol addiction while on vacation in California.

"While on vacation this weekend, I decided to return to a recovery center. As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process," Vargas, 51, said in a statement. "I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry. I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease and want to thank everyone who has offered their unwavering support during this trying time."

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Vargas was also in rehab last fall.

"Nothing is more important than Elizabeth's health and well-being and we stand squarely behind her," ABC News said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with Elizabeth and her family and we look forward to having her back at ABC News when she feels ready to return."

Vargas discussed her battle with alcoholism on "Good Morning America" after she left rehab last year.

"I am an alcoholic," Vargas told GMA’s George Stephanopoulos at the time. “It took me a long time to admit that to myself. It took me a long time to admit it to my family, but I am. The amount of energy I expended keeping that secret and keeping this problem hidden from view was exhausting. Even to admit it to myself was admitting, I thought, that I was a failure.”

On Aug. 11, Vargas posted her thoughts on the suicide of Robin Williams:



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