Elizabeth Vargas 'so much better' after rehab stint for alcohol abuse

USMagazine, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 1:40pm (PST)
  • Here's to a new chapter. Elizabeth Vargas, co-host of ABC's "20/20," has returned home after a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse. The 51-year-old veteran journalist announced the good news via Twitter on Nov. 19.

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    "Hello everyone! I am home, and so grateful for all your support and well wishes," she wrote. "I am so much better and taking it one day at a time."

    Vargas -- who's worked on both the "Today" show and "Good Morning America" -- revealed her whereabouts on Nov. 6 when her absence from the news program became more noticeable to viewers.

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    "Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction," the anchor said in a statement at the time. "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."

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    ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider also gave his support. "We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery," he said in a statement. "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 New Jersey native has been married to "Walking In Memphis" singer-songwriter Marc Cohn since July 2002 and they have two children together, Zachary, 10, and Samuel, 7. She also is a stepmom to Cohn's children Max and Emily, from his previous marriage to Jennifer George.


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