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Elizabeth Vargas talks about battle with alcoholism

Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas has acknowledged on "Good Morning America" she went to rehab last fall because she is an alcoholic.

"I am. I am an alcoholic," Vargas said in a pre-taped interview that aired on "GMA" Friday.

"It took me a long time to admit that to myself. It took me a long time to admit it to my family, but I am," she said. "The amount of energy I expended keeping that secret and keeping this problem hidden from view was exhausting."

Vargas, 51, said her treatment was successful, she is now a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and is ready to return to the air Friday night on "20/20."

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