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Elizabeth Vargas leaves rehab

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Vargas on the mend

News anchor Elizabeth Vargas has finished her stint in rehab after checking in for alcohol dependency.

Vargas on the mend

ABC's Elizabeth Vargas is out of rehab and on the road to recovery.

The 20/20 co-anchor and Good Morning America regular announced she completed the addiction program via Twitter today.

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After several weeks of speculation over her absence from the airwaves and her colleagues being told only that she was on "medical leave" by ABC execs, Vargas decided to let the world in on her struggles in a Nov. 6 statement.

"Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction," she said. "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."

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The network threw its full support behind the journalist, saying, "We are 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. Elizabeth is a member of our family, and we will support her in every way we can."

Vargas is married to "Walking in Memphis" singer-songwriter Marc Cohen and has two children.

ABC has not yet announced a return date for the seasoned vet.

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