’20/20′ Anchor Elizabeth Vargas In Rehab for Alcohol Abuse

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20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas has been MIA for weeks … and now we know why — she”s been in rehab for alcohol abuse.

Vargas checked into rehab a couple weeks ago — according to the NY Daily News — and will remain in treatment for a few weeks more. She”ll return to “20/20” when she”s released from the rehab facility.

Vargas released a statement saying she suffers from addiction, claiming, “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And I feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming.”

She adds, “Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time.”

ABC says it fully supports her and looks forward to welcoming Vargas back.