Elizabeth Vargas hasn't been on ABC's newsmagazine "20/20" for a while, and now we know why: The veteran newswoman is being treated for alcohol abuse, the network confirmed.
The Daily News broke the story Wednesday that Vargas, 51, checked herself into a "well-respected rehab facility" a few weeks ago and has at least a few more weeks left in her treatment.
In a statement, Vargas wrote: "Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction. I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming. I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News. Like so many others, I will 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 News wrote in a statement: "We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery." Vargas -- who was seen on "Good Morning America" a few weeks back -- is expected to return to "20/20" when she recovers. The show airs 10 p.m. Fridays.