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Sep 18th
01:00 am
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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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ZacEfron_newszacefron_news on September 18th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
That's the thing that bothers me the most, is that it came out. It certainly is no surprise for many of us and IA it was definitely hard to watch. Sucks that he has to come home from a great vacation to this news hitting the media :(

I'm happy for him and the change has been reflective on him as well.
Bee: Zac – Leno - b/w - touching hair - smilijeezbee on September 18th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
I think he knows/knew this was coming. It's timed too well (for tabloid deadlines and other things) for it to be a coincidence.

And yes, it was really nice to see him doing better recently. The change was very visible - in his behavior and his appearance. His face looks worlds better without bloat.

I hope he succeeds in keeping it under control going forward. It's not going to be easy but knowing and admitting the problem is key so I'm hopeful.
ZacEfron_newszacefron_news on September 18th, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
Ongoing recovery is often harder than the initial rehab itself. But I'm confident and going to remain positive he can work his way through it, given he surrounds himself with the right people - which he appears to be doing since then.