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ABC's Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am dealing with addiction' to alcohol

By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 8:07 PM EST, Wed November 6, 2013
Alisan Porter, the actress best known as the star of 1991's "Curly Sue," opened up about her struggle with alcoholism <a href='http://thelilmamas.com/ali-the-obligatory-child-star-gets-sober-mom-blog/#comments' target='_blank'>in a blog post in September 2014.</a> In the personal account, called "The Obligatory Child Star Gets Sober Mom Blog," Porter talks about what led her to seek treatment for alcoholism and that she's been sober since 2007. Alisan Porter, the actress best known as the star of 1991's "Curly Sue," opened up about her struggle with alcoholism in a blog post in September 2014. In the personal account, called "The Obligatory Child Star Gets Sober Mom Blog," Porter talks about what led her to seek treatment for alcoholism and that she's been sober since 2007.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol," Vargas says
  • "I will deal with this challenge a day at a time," the ABC anchor says
  • Vargas hosts ABC News specials and the network's "20/20" program

(CNN) -- ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas has gone public with her decision to enter rehab for alcohol dependence, hoping it will give others "the courage to seek help."

"Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction," Vargas said in a statement to CNN Wednesday. "I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News."

She did not disclose when she entered the rehab facility or where it is. The last message on her Twitter account was posted on October 18.

"Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge a day at a time," Vargas said. "If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I'm grateful."

Vargas, 51, hosts ABC News specials and the network's "20/20" program.

An ABC News spokesman said the network is "proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery."

"We look forward to having her back home at ABC News where she has done so much distinguished work over the years," Jeffrey Schneider said.  "Elizabeth is a member of our family and we will support her in every way we can."

CNN's Rande Iaboni contributed to this report.

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