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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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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.
countessm3countessm3 on September 18th, 2013 10:41 am (UTC)
There is no complete recovery; addiction never leaves a person although symptoms (drug and alcohol use) are treatable. People do relapse and get back on the bandwagon (I recently had a friend who relapsed get clean and sober again). More often people switch drugs of choice (from drug addiction to sex addiction, etc.) That's why it's important to stay mindful and not lapse into complacency.