ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas is again seeking treatment for alcohol dependency, the network has announced. Vargas checked into an unnamed rehabilitation center while on vacation over the weekend.
It’s Vargas’ second trip to detox in just under a year. Last fall, the 51-year-old 20/20 anchor spent several weeks in treatment.
In a January 2014 interview with the national news network she’s called home since 1996, Vargas confessed that she is an alcoholic. The journalist pointed to a troubled childhood, which included years of panic attacks and anxiety, as the catalyst which drove her to self-medicate with alcohol as an adult.
In an emailed statement released overnight, Elizabeth seemed to acknowledge suffering a recent relapse.
“As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process. I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry.”
Vargas is married to singer-songwriter Marc Cohn. The couple are the parents of two.
For its part, ABC is standing “squarely behind” Elizabeth as she focuses on her physical and emotional well-being.
“We look forward to having her back at ABC News when she feels ready to return.”