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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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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.

Edited at 2013-09-18 05:17 am (UTC)
annabelle83 on September 18th, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
When I first heard the rumors, I was little disappointed but understood it was very common in Hollywood. Right now I'm totally heartbroken to realize his problems were much more serious than I thought. I actually cried when I read the article. It's the first time I cried at a celeb news. How embarrassing.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 18th, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)
i cried too when i first knew how bad it was. it's hard when it is someone who you care about a lot even if we don't really know him. zac means a lot to many people and hopefully all this positive energy buoys him in some way. i believe in that possibility as hippie-ish as that sounds, lol.
countessm3countessm3 on September 18th, 2013 11:07 am (UTC)
For me it was internal anguish, frustration and a sense of utter powerlessness. Nights of not resting comfortably in my bed. I knew without being told; in him I saw myself, and I know myself well enough to know he was in trouble.

I had to emotionally detach myself awhile ago: self-preservation. As empathic as I am, I can lose myself in someone else's pain, and I can become unstable and extremely depressed when watching another person go down the same road.

I had to build the wall so if he died I wouldn't go to pieces. I can't afford to have a nervous breakdown in the middle of my Ph.D program or grow depressed and let my grades suffer.

I am overjoyed by this news, but will continue to be concerned because 1 in 100 make it and I know some people in the rooms of NA who are now dead from overdose and suicide. Addiction is a demon that is always there, waiting in the shadows for that moment of weakness. That's why it's so important to stay away from the shadows and walk in the light.
Gillian loves lemoñadé.invisible_cunt on September 20th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
um, i think you need to take a few steps back in your full on obsession with zac. it's a little much to lose sleep and think of having a nervous breakdown because of a guy you don't even know, haven't met, nor will have a real relationship with.

i mean, i'm a diehard zac fan, and was crushed when i heard the news, but i wasn't anguished nor crying all day.

your reaction just seems a little much, especially for being a grown woman.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 21st, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
people have different responses, this is not something to criticize them for. it may be okay on ontd but i'm not okay with it here.
xdecemberskiesxdecemberskies on September 23rd, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
Cady I have a question. What do you think of Melissa suggesting it was alcohol rather than....what it really was? Do you think she should have been honest?

I also want to say I feel really, really bad for Zac because this has been his worst nightmare since he was a teenager. I hope Melissa bans all questions about this from press when he starts promo again.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 25th, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
i think publicists do their best to minimize issues so i'm not surprised she said it was alcohol. idk if she should've been honest. in some ways, creating confusion around a piece of information can actually weaken the story, or at least add a question mark to it, at least in respectable news sources.

the one thing i've read in any of the dubious gossip articles to come out of this that i believe 100% is how awful this is for him because he has always valued his privacy so much. but at some level, such honesty is good even if painful. shame and hiding his issues were part of the problem.

i think in future promo he will have to talk about it but he has a really fine line to walk with how much he says. demi lovato can talk more openly because she's a musician and they are just more open about their personal lives etc. whereas zac has always been right, as an actor you don't want people to know too much about your life because it interferes with the job of an actor.
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Bee: Zac – Leno - b/w - touching hair - smilijeezbee on September 18th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
I hope it also helps that it is now out in the open and he doesn't need to live in permanent fear that the abuse or the rehab will come out which I would imagine creates further pressure. And it's probably easier than permanently having to find excuses at events/meetings/sets/parties for not drinking etc.
butterflybee260butterflybee260 on September 18th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)

I hope he is also looking in the right places on the net and sees the love and support for him. Sees that we're not ashamed of him, we're proud of him.
Bee: Zac – CStC - leaving cottage - candlejeezbee on September 18th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure it would be a good idea for him to look around online but idt he will do that anyway. I would suspect that his people (and family) will give him a general overview though. That said, getting help is by far the best thing he has done in a while and I hope that he gets all the positive feedback on it not only from fans, family and real friends but esp from people he (hopes to, has in the past or) is working with.
butterflybee260butterflybee260 on September 18th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)

Oh I don't think he should either, but I know his reputation is very important to him so I hope that he (or whoever keeps tabs on the online stuff) will see that we all still love and support him, and I've seen that from a lot of corners around the net.

butterflybee260: baby!Zacbutterflybee260 on September 18th, 2013 05:54 am (UTC)

I keep thinking about Cory, for some reason, in relation to all of this. Maybe because his death is still so fresh, maybe because those two shared a lot of qualities and knew each other, but mostly because Cory is a reminder of how bad it can all go, even for someone with a future so bright, even for someone with such a good soul.

Thank heavens he got help. I truly hope he can stick to it and know we all love him.
Sapphirasapphia on September 20th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
I feel so bad now, when everything has become much better.
But then I thought, "how did you stand it, those who are aware of the problem a long time ago? But could not do anything and just watched with fear, hoping that things will get better ..."
From this point of view, it must be said - we are all lucky. Sometimes the less you know, the safer you are sleeping.
But what is happening now in the media ... too badly. It's very hard to watch ...