Elizabeth Vargas, ABC 20/20 Co-Anchor, Leaves Rehab After Seeking Help For Alcohol Abuse: "So Much Better"

Celebrity News Nov. 19, 2013 AT 4:40PM
Elizabeth Vargas on October 8, 2013 in New York City Elizabeth Vargas, ABC 20/20 co-anchor, has checked out of rehab after seeking help for alcohol abuse; "I am so much better and taking it one day at a time," she tweeted Tuesday, Nov. 19 Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage.com

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 Tuesday, 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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