by Alana Altmann at . Comments

After years of hiding her struggle, Elizabeth Vargas is opening up about her battle with addiction. 

"I am an alcoholic," the ABC News reporter revealed on Good Morning America on Friday. 

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Elizabeth Vargas sought treatment in a rehab facility last fall and is now in Alcoholics Anonymous.

The 20/20 anchor spoke candidly about her long road to accepting the problem, saying, "It took me a long time to admit that to myself. It took me a long time to admit it to my family, but I am."

And although she had worked on numerous TV specials about drinking, it still took Elizabeth time to recognize her own issues with alcohol. 

"I started thinking 'Well, you know, I'll only drink, you know, on weekends. I'll only drink, you know, two glasses of wine a night," she said.

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by Free Britney at . Comments

Elizabeth Vargas has been quietly missing in action for weeks now, and has finally issued an explanation. The 20/20 co-anchor is in rehab for alcohol abuse.

Vargas checked into rehab a few weeks ago, sources confirm, and will reportedly remain in treatment for a few weeks more to get a handle on the situation.

It's not clear if a specific incident spurred this trip.

She'll return to 20/20 when she's released, so it's unlikely there's any scandal involved. Vargas released a statement saying she suffers from addiction.

"I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol," she admitted. "And I feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming."

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