ABC News Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Seeks TreatmentBy: Shannon Walsh - November 8, 2013
ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is currently in rehabilitation for alcohol dependency. At fifty-one years old, the host of ABC News specials and co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 has checked herself into rehab, which has been confirmed by the network. She has worked for the network since 1996, and is married to fifty-four year old Marc Cohn, a singer, songwriter, and musician, who is best known for his song, “Walking in Memphis.” She also has two sons, named Zachary, who is ten years old, and Samuel, seven.
The New York Daily News was the first to report the story, stating how Vargas has been in a “well-respected rehab center” for approximately three weeks. Vargas has confirmed the story in a statement, which gives reason for her absence on 20/20 in 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,” she said. Those who are close to Vargas, including ABC’s team, continue to support Vargas through her difficult time.
“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,” said ABC News representative Jeffrey Schneider.
Elizabeth Vargas also hopes to motivate others to seek assistance, as she states: “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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