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'20/20' anchor Elizabeth Vargas in rehab for alcohol abuse

Elizabeth Vargas has checked into rehab and is currently being treated for alcohol abuse, according to People. The co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 released a statement regarding her treatment, after being absent from the news show in the recent weeks.

“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction. I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming,” Vargas, 51, says. ”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.”

Vargas is mother to sons Zachary, 10, and Samuel, 7, with her husband, “Walking in Memphis” singer Marc Cohn.