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ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas returns to rehab

ABC News Anchors Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff speak during the ABC executive question and answer segment of the Television Critics Association Press Tour. Photo: Image by Getty Images

ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas returns to rehab

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 18, 2014

ABC's "20/20" anchor Elizabeth Vargas, 51, has voluntarily returned to rehab.

"While on vacation this weekend, I decided to return to a recovery center. As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process," Vargas said in a statement to the New York Daily News. "I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry. I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease and want to thank everyone who has offered their unwavering support during this trying time."

Last November, Vargas spent several weeks at a rehab facility. Since then, she and singer-songwriter husband Marc Cohn, the father of her two sons, have begun divorce proceedings.

ABC News rep Julie Townsend said in statement, "Nothing is more important than Elizabeth's health and well-being and we stand squarely behind her," reports the New York Daily News. "Our thoughts are with Elizabeth and her family and we look forward to having her back at ABC News when she feels ready to return."

After her last rehab stay, Vargas publicly admitted her alcohol addiction and spoke about it with co-host George Stehanopoulous on "Good Morning America."

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.