An ABC News personality headed back to rehab over the weekend. The New York Post reports that “20/20” anchor Elizabeth Vargas returned to rehab on Saturday, after the host said a weekend vacation in California made her realize she needed more help sticking with her sobriety.
In a statement, Vargas said, “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.”
She added, “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.”
Vargas’ return to rehab comes after she signed a new contract with ABC and had returned from a rehab stay last fall, the report notes.
A representative for ABC said, “Nothing is more important than Elizabeth’s health and well-being and we stand squarely behind her. 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.”
On “Good Morning America” in January, Vargas discussed her alcoholism, and said it took some time for her to be able to admit her problem to her family, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She’s currently working on a memoir about her struggles, with a 2016 publication date.