ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas checks into rehab clinic for alcohol.

ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas checks into rehab clinic for alcohol.

THE ABC anchor of “20/20″ has checked herself into an alcohol rehab clinic. It’s tough enough going through addiction in silence, but doing it in the public eye is really rough. That’s what you sign on to when you’re a public personality.

The news is now making the media circuit, with her statement below.

“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.”

Who doesn’t know someone who has had battles with addiction?

Women, in fact, are now gaining on men when it comes to alcoholism, starting early.

On whether young women are drinking as much as young men

In the UK “” and I call it the “Lindsay Lohan of the internationals” “” you’re seeing parity for the first time in any developed country between men and women. Young women are dying in their 20s of late-stage liver disease. That has typically been seen as an old man’s disease. If you look at the United States, you’re seeing young women catching up to men in college, almost parity. And then, what is happening in their 20s is they’re not slowing down.

I’ve known many people with self-destructive patterns who refuse to admit what their addictions are doing to their lives, but also the people they love. The tole addiction takes on your health is unlimited.

Kick it, lady.