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Sep 18th
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From People:
Zac Efron Completed Rehab Stint

Zac Efron hasn't been seen out and about on the nightclub scene as of late – and it sounds like there's a reason.

The actor, 25, completed a stint in rehab about five months ago, sources confirm to PEOPLE.

The actor – who recently walked the carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival – is "doing great," a source tells PEOPLE. "He's taking care of himself and it shows."

Efron will next star in Parkland, a drama about the Kennedy assassination. "It's really a surreal experience for me," he tells USA Today of working on the film. "It feels very mature and really interesting. It's a whole different kind of filmmaking and I feel blessed to have been a part of it."

I'm not surprised by this news. I am happy for him and I have a lot of respect for him being self aware enough that he realized he needed to change a behavioral pattern before it seriously affected his well-being. I am also glad his parents maintain an active role in his life and support him and help him to make the best choices for himself. Hollywood is a difficult place to exist in. A lot of people don't like to see that accompanying the money, fame and success, are a host of negative things. It becomes a very isolated existence, even if you have a lot of friends. Let's look to the future and not the past, he is clearly on a positive path and I'm happy about that.

Additional note (Sep 19th):
Now that this is out, many people will try to make a quick buck by selling their story. So please take new stories with a grain of salt cause some of it doesn't add up.
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laurenlipkinlip on September 17th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
im glad he's got the help he needs, but who are these people going to tmz and giving deets on his personal problem? seems little much tho.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on September 17th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
Can we all like just hug him right now?

I'm glad he did something about it, and is doing better though.
what in the worldpolly_amore11 on September 26th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
yes, BIG hugs
butterflybee260butterflybee260 on September 17th, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)

I'm proud of him. It's not a shock to me at all that he's struggled, but I am pleasantly surprised that he did seek help and very happy that he was able to do it in a private manner.

Good boy Zeffy.
crowleyd545crowleyd545 on September 17th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
i was wondering why there wasn't a lot of pictures of him at the time. good to know he was aware of the problem.
Sapphirasapphia on September 17th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
I am glad that he is doing everything for his health...
But this is a big surprise for me.
Please explain to me, how he could be in rehab 5 months ago,if at that time he worked in the film? I just don't know how it happens at all. this can be done without being in the clinic? Or have I misunderstood something?
And from what he rehabilitated? Maybe it's his arm? PEOPLE do not mention it. But now all will think that he is an addict or alcoholic?

Edited at 2013-09-17 11:45 pm (UTC)
Bee: Zac – Details - plaid - profilejeezbee on September 18th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
Good for him to make a significant change and I'm really glad he's doing better. It was hard to watch at times.

Too bad it had to come out now; it would have been nice if it could have remained private, esp since he took care of the problem.
laurenlipkinlip on September 18th, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
i dont get why this is out now when he was getting help months ago? like who decided this was a good idea to share to the media about his problems?
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annabelle83 on September 18th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
I'm wondering who sold this story to the press. I thought he surrounded himself with people who respect his privacy. He quietly competed rehab five months ago. Why some people are leaking it now??
Lole LeiroLole Leiro on September 18th, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)
I just read in Perez Hilton's blog that he allegedly struggled with cocaine addiction. I was just wondering if anyone read this somewhere else. I don't know if I can trust on what Perez says. Of course, his rep didn't confirm this. I'm just confused, that would be really scary.
laurenlipkinlip on September 18th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
ppl who comment on perez are asshoels who been hating on zac for years now.
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countessm3countessm3 on September 18th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
Dear Zac Efron,
I rarely curse, but I'm so fucking PROUD of you. A real man takes ownership of his behavior, responsibility for his choices, and seeks help when he needs it, and this is what makes you a real man - not your muscles, not your emotional strength, not your intelligence, not your talent.

It also takes a real man to stand up to temptations when they are presented and to make wise decisions regarding his life. Hollywood is addict city and you're going to have a really hard time avoiding the stuff, but I believe in you and my higher power. (-;

I know what you're going through as I went through it myself. I knew you were in trouble awhile back and had my ass handed to me by some fans because I wanted to talk about it, not to start gossip but because I honestly care about you as another human being. I hate watching people go down the road I went down: it tears me up inside. But for once I get to rejoice. I'm truly happy for you.

Stay away from old playmates and playgrounds. Remember HALT and take it one day at a time. I'm praying for you.


Edited at 2013-09-18 01:41 am (UTC)
Lavender_Girllavander_girl15 on September 18th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
I am really happy that he is clean but at the same time I thing that people that have additions don't recover 100% from it...i'ts really hard to be cure 100& from any type of addition. But stay strong Zac!
annabelle83 on September 18th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
That's what worries me so much. :( I hope he continues to stay healthy. He needs to live with his parent in his hometown for a while. As much as I care about his career, I'm okay with him taking a break from working if he can completely recover.
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Zac Efron Fan GreeceZEfronfangr on September 18th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
I'm just glad that he got the help he needed before further damage was done (e.g driving drunk and hitting someone or having an accident). It isn't difficult for a young person getting caught up in this especially in Hollywood. Hopefully he will keep up the good work and stay away from it or other addictions. He's a smart guy and I have faith in him. As long as he stays away from the "wrong" people he will stay clean.
Katherine W on September 18th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
I haven't been keeping up with Zac news as much as I used to, but I'm curious as to why this doesn't come as a surprise? Like what happened that made you think there was something going on?

I'm glad he got help
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on September 18th, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
Zac has always kept relative composure in the public eye. It is only when people get messy that the media begins to investigate.
It came as a surprise to me... but then I started looking at the signs and his behavior that felt out of character, and it all began to make sense.

the condom drop
his weight fluctuation from week to week.
the mtv movie awards
his disappearance in June

some speculate his yolo tattoo, but that was so long ago, I think that's a tangential circumstance. But we don't know how long it's been going on. It's no secret Zac likes to party, and in that environment your bound to be offered something, and a lil here and there and before you know it, you're addicted.

There have been a few rumors floating around this year about zac and cocaine. and zac not showing up on time for work and dissapearing (although those are fairly recent allegations) And for whatever reason the word never really got out. For the most part the stories seemed to have little validity. But unfortunately now they seem all to plausible.

I'm just thankful he did go to rehab and was able to go without the media waiting for his release to bombard him. He is in Peru right now, but there will no doubt be a strong media presence at his return. Hopefully, they don't find out when he arrives. But if not then, the media bombardment is bound to happen as he will be watched even more now.

No one is immune to addiction. It's stupid that he let himself get into this mess, but at least he hasn't let it destroy him before seeking help.

Edited at 2013-09-18 03:48 am (UTC)
zacefronfan26 on September 18th, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)
I'm so Happy for him that he Got Help. I'm also so glad he's doing Better.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 18th, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
i apologize because earlier i was actually at work when all this went down. i wanted to get something up so my statement above was a little rushed. now that i am home, i wanted to add a little more.

what i want to say is that i understand a lot of what people are feeling and there is such a range of emotions to be felt. people are at very different stages of understanding what zac is and was dealing with. i left comments open in this post because i know people need to talk this out a bit, i've been in your shoes and i'm right there with all of you now as you go through the same process.

i won't (ever) go into details but when i first found out substance abuse was happening, i was angry (at the people around him and even at him) but mostly incredibly heartbroken and filled with anxiety over his well-being. i had nightmares where he died. or worse where he hurt someone else. and ofc, being in no position to actually do anything, all i could do was let my feelings oscillate as his situation did. all i ever wanted for him was to find a way out of that and i knew he couldn't do it without help. shame creates a downward spiral for those in his position and so i'm glad it is out in the open and the right people are there for him. all of that creates a path of healing for him which he has begun and it gives me a lot of hope.
Beejeezbee on September 18th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, angry was certainly one of the things I was too at times. I know I've lashed out in comments here a few times where others didn't really get my anger directed at him because there wasn't necessarily a direct connection to the post. It takes a while to go through the motions until you just hope he gets help and better. Which he has done now and I hope he can stay on this path.

Now I can openly say bloat and don't have to call it chubs anymore.

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abigail80831abigail80831 on September 18th, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
As many other comments here state, this does not come as a complete surprise to me. The signs were all there, I just chose not to speak about them. I feel like its something we've all questioned (and some of us have actually known) for a while now.

But most importantly, I am incredibly proud of him for taking the correct steps to getting better. It take a LOT (especially for a man) to accept that something is wrong and seek out help, so bravo to him for being man enough to admit it and get help. I also like that he did this on the DL.

The fact that no one found out about it until 5 months later is a little odd to me, but it is for the better. It is clear he's in a better place now as he's been looking worlds better then he has in years and looking healthy.

My only wish from this point on his that he stay's on this track and keeps the company of good, positive people who will lift him up instead of pulling him down. I also hope the media gives him some space and lets him be.

Zac is a very bright young man who has his whole life ahead of him, he is super talented and has a great personality the world deserves to see. I wish him nothing but the best from this point on and am so proud of him for taking the steps to get better.

YOU GO ZAC! I'll always love you.