'20/20' News Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Checks Into Rehab

elizabeth vargasIf you're like me and have no life, you've probably noticed that Elizabeth Vargas, co-host of the Friday night show, 20/20, has been glaringly absent for the last few weeks. While David Muir is fine and good, I think I speak for everyone when I say: We want our Vargas back. It's a two-man job. No offense to you or your gorgeous hair and tan, Muir.

As it turns out, Vargas has checked herself into rehab for alcohol abuse and will hopefully be returning to show in a few weeks. And I think I speak for everyone again when I say: Whaaaat?!

In a statement she released from her treatment center, Vargas said:

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. 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.

It always comes as a surprise when a "respectable" member of society reveals that they have a substance abuse problem. Of course it isn't a good thing that Vargas is dealing with addiction, but it might give other people -- other "respectable" people -- the push they need to get help. Sort of like, "If a fancy reporter can tell the world they've got a problem, why can't I?"

I have immense respect for Vargas and her decision to come clean, so to speak. She didn't have to tell anyone where she was, or what she was doing. It takes a brave person to admit they have a problem, and an even braver person to announce it to all of America in hopes that it will inspire others to get help.

Wishing you well, Elizabeth. Hope you get the help that you need -- and hope you're back with David soon. Friday night just isn't the same without you.

Are you surprised by this news? Do you think Vargas was smart to come clean to the public?


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Elaine Cox

good luck...get better

nonmember avatar sandy

I do think Elizabeth was beautifully self-aware, courageous, and smart in seeking help. And although I do not doubt her sincerity in going public with a desire to perhaps encourage someone else to get help, I would bet money that her PR and management team suggested that it might be better coming from her, rather than a tabloid. But the bottom line is she got the help she needed, so who cares how it comes about?

Sally Boston

It was incredibly brave of Vargas, not to mention selfless. Her honesty may help others to come forward and get the help they need to recover from this fatal disease- the only fatal disease from which you can recover! Even more incredible was her decision to air her story on 20/20. Much good luck (although luck plays no part in recovery) to her!

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