ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas returns to rehab

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ABC Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Returns To Rehab

LOS ANGELES (AP) - ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas has returned to a recovery center to be treated for alcohol dependency.

The "20/20" anchor said in an emailed statement Sunday that she checked into a facility this weekend while on vacation.

She says she's committed to battling the disease and apologized for letting down her family and co-workers.

The network said in a statement that it supports Vargas and looks forward to having her return to ABC News.

Vargas announced in November 2013 that she was in rehab. She acknowledged in an interview that aired in January on "Good Morning America" that she was an alcoholic and it took years for her to admit it.

She said she had suffered panic attacks since she was a child and dealt with the stress by drinking.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 04: Elizabeth Vargas arrives at the 'Deepsea Challenge 3D' New York Premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on August 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Elizabeth Vargas attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception Red Carpet at the Four Seasons Restaurant on May 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Elizabeth Vargas attends the Quinnipiac University 2014 Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon at the Metropolitan Club on June 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - ABC News Elizabeth Vargas guest co-hosts; Kathy Griffin; Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy dissect the latest pop culture news; country singer Ronnie Dunn performs today Wednesday, April 9, 2014 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Elizabeth Vargas attends the 'Walking With The Enemy' screening at Dolby 88 Theater on March 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Dan Abrams appears on 'Good Morning America,' 10/17/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) ELIZABETH VARGAS, DAN ABRAMS
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Journalist Elizabeth Vargas attends the 'All Is Lost' Premiere during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
SCANDAL - 'More Cattle, Less Bull' -The team investigates Democratic Congresswoman Josie Marcus, while Olivia and Mellie have a surprising run-in during the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Meanwhile, Jake and Huck get closer to the truth about Operation Remington, which could lead to devastating results, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) ELIZABETH VARGAS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The co-anchors sit down for GMA's Heat Index on 'Good Morning America,' 8/27/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) PAULA FARIS, ELIZABETH VARGAS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, LARA SPENCER, SAM CHAMPION
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The co-anchors report from Times Square on 'Good Morning America,' 8/27/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) SAM CHAMPION, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ELIZABETH VARGAS, LARA SPENCER, PAULA FARIS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Hugh Jackman coaches Lara Spencer and Elizabeth Vargas in the Wolverine workout, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 7/24/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) LARA SPENCER, HUGH JACKMAN, ELIZABETH VARGAS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) visits GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 7/24/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) JOSH ELLIOTT, ELIZABETH VARGAS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, LARA SPENCER, HUGH JACKMAN, SAM CHAMPION
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Hugh Jackman coaches Lara Spencer and Elizabeth Vargas in the Wolverine workout, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 7/24/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) HUGH JACKMAN, LARA SPENCER, ELIZABETH VARGAS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Coverage of GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 8/20/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) ELIZABETH VARGAS, CHEF MARC FORGIONE
This Feb. 1, 2013 photo released by ABC shows co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas on the set of "20/20," in New York. Television news viewers proved curious about ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas' battle with alcoholism, with her return to "20/20" Friday night earning the newsmagazine's biggest audience in four years. The Nielsen company said an estimated 8.3 million people saw Vargas talk about last fall’s stint in rehab, putting the show among the 20 most-viewed of the week. Vargas said it took her years to admit her problem with excessive wine-drinking. (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik)
Elizabeth Vargas attends the New York Film Festival premiere of "All Is Lost" on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Elizabeth Vargas and Marc Cohn attend the premiere of "Promised Land" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Tuesday Dec. 4, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
This image released by ABC shows actor Tom Hanks during an interview segment with Elizabeth Vargas on "Good Morning America," Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 in New York. ABC and Tom Hanks are apologizing after the actor let slip a swear word during a live appearance on “Good Morning America.” Hanks telegraphed his “f-bomb” during an interview Friday. Vargas had asked him to speak in his character's British accent in the movie “Cloud Atlas.” Hanks said that it was “mostly swear words,” but Vargas told him to go ahead anyway. He began speaking in a mumble but the obscenity was clearly audible. ABC removed it for subsequent feeds of the show in the Midwest and West. (AP Photo/ABC, Fred Lee)
Elizabeth Vargas, left, and Bob Woodruff pose for a photograph in ABC's "World News Tonight" studio, Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, in New York. ABC settled on this youthful anchor team to replace the late Peter Jennings as anchor of "World News Tonight," the network announced Monday. The network also said that the second-ranked network evening newscast would be the first to broadcast live in three time zones, starting in January. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
**FILE**Elizabeth Vargas smiles before a news conference announcing that she and Bob Woodruff will co-anchor ABC "World News Tonight," and replace the late Peter Jennings, in a Monday, Dec. 5, 2005 file photo, in New York. ABC appointed Charles Gibson on May 23 to replace Vargas as anchor of its "World News Tonight" evening newscast. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
David Weston, President of ABC News, far left, speaks about the network's redesigned evening news broadcast as Elizabeth Vargas, Bob Woodruff, and Jon Banner, from left, join in during the ABC 2006 Winter Press Tour, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)
URBAN HEROES AWARDS BENEFIT.PIER SIXTY, CHELSEA PIERS, NEW YORK New York.06/02/2003. / K30977ML..ELIZABETH VARGAS(Credit Image: © Mitchell Levy/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Dec. 4, 2012 - New York, New York, U.S. - News personality ELIZABETH VARGAS attends the New York premiere of 'Promised Land' held at AMC Loews Lincoln Square. (Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Jan. 1, 2011 - New York, New York, U.S. - K34634RM.COLD MOUNTAIN SCREENING AT THE MGM ROOM IN NEW YORK New York.12/12/2003. / 2003.MARC COHN AND ELIZABETH VARGAS(Credit Image: © Rick Mackler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Aug. 12, 2011 - New York, New York, U.S. - New York Good Morning America Concert series hosted The American Idol winners for 2011 © 8/12/11 .Elizabeth Vargas(Credit Image: © Bruce Cotler/G
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