ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas checks into rehab for alcoholism treatment

By Jorie Goins,

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas has re-entered rehab for her alcoholism after publicly acknowledging her problem this year.

We previously reported that Vargas discussed her alcoholism in a 20/20 interview with George Stephanopoulos back in January. Vargas explained how acknowledging her alcoholism made her feel like a failure and called the act of attempting to cover up her problem "exhausting."

Now, it appears that Vargas' problem has been come up again after she checked herself into rehab while on vacation in California.

"As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process," Vargas, 51, said in a statement to The New York Daily News.

Vargas was apologetic for the difficulties she was having with her drinking.

"I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry," she continued. "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."

This is not Vargas' first stint in rehab. Back in November, Vargas spent time in rehab and she checked herself out a short time later. ABC News has been supportive of Vargas' decision to seek treatment.

"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," said ABC representative Julie Townsend in a statement.

image courtesy of Roger Wong/INFphoto.com

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