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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.

Elizabeth Vargas Checks Into Rehab

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."


"Like so many others," she adds, "I will continue to 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."

ABC says it fully supports her and looks forward to welcoming Elizabeth back to the air.

Vargas has worked in network news since 1993, first with NBC and then ABC.

Besides her news magazine work, she previously served as co-anchor of World News Tonight with Bob Woodruff following the death of Peter Jennings.

She and her husband, singer Marc Cohn of "Walking in Memphis" fame, have two kids.

We wish Elizabeth nothing but the best in her recovery.