Elizabeth Vargas Enters Rehab: ABC New Anchor Admits Alcohol Addiction
Nov 07, 2013 02:58 PM EST | By Dina Exil
Elizabeth Vargas is getting help and speaking about her addiction.
The "20/20" anchor confirmed Wednesday that she checked into rehab for alcoholism a few weeks ago.
"Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction," the 51-year-old newswoman said in a statement according to E! News. "I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol."
Like Us on Facebook
Vargas said she's grateful to her family, friends and her colleagues at ABC News for their support. Vargas has two children.
"Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge a day at a time," she said. "If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I'm grateful."
Vargas has worked in network news since 1993, first with NBC and then ABC. Besides her news magazine work, she was named co-anchor of "World News Tonight" with Bob Woodruff following the death of Peter Jennings, but that pairing was cut short when Woodruff was seriously injured in an explosion while reporting in Iraq.
Vargas returned to "20/20" in 2006 and has been co-anchoring ever since, most recently with David Muir. Vargas also frequently filled in for "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts when the anchor was on medical leave for a bone marrow transplant.
The network had been planning a way for Vargas to publicly address her issues and was exploring the possibility of giving People magazine an exclusive interview and photo shoot for a future issue, according to the New York Daily News.
The former "World News Tonight" anchor, who is married to singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, reportedly became extremely upset in the wake of the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut in December 2012.
"We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery," ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said. "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."
The talented anchor has interviewed big names including Ellen DeGeneres, Monica Seles, Johnny Depp, Mick Jagger and Drew Barrymore, and has hosted many ABC News specials.
Low-carb diets and low-fat diets have the same effects on patients who go through them, recent study released in The Journal for the American Medical Association suggests.
Watermelons are a national summer treasure. These luscious fruits are as eye catching with their rich red color as they are as tasty. Watermelon enthusiasts around the globe have discovered multiple benefits this fruity piece of heaven has to offer. Aside from being tasty, watermelons offer plenty of other health benefits you are probably not aware of. Here are six reasons you should indulge in a watermelon fetish.
Parents in New Zealand were served quite a treat when a visit to the candy store turned out to be a traumatic experience. Gummy bears, a treat popular with kids across the world, got to the wrong side of parents when gummies shaped in the form of penises were found inside the packs. The inappropriately shaped gummies caused furor and uproar from the larger conservative South Island public, branding the lollies as offensive.
Albert S. Hall School in Waterville, Maine had its fifth grade project attacked when the children’s growing onions were robbed right at the time of harvesting.
In today's world, milk comes in many different shapes and packages. From fat free milk to whole milk to 1%-2% fat milk to skimmed milk, we have it all. So how do fitness enthusiasts get the best deal out of their milk? How do you ensure you get all the nutrition from a glass of milk without all the unnecessary fat to bulge out your waistline despite endless painstaking crunches? Here is a list of the major milk types being produced in today's market.
A new diet pill Contrave got approval to be sold in the United States on Wednesday, only the third obesity treatment in more than a decade to win approval from the Food and Drug Administration.