Zac Efron is the latest star to complete a stint in rehab
Zac Efron has successfully completed a stint in rehab, it has been revealed. Although the High School Musical star hasn’t spoken directly about his addictions, TMZ reported that he had issues with cocaine, which apparently escalated in April when he was shooting his new movie Neighbours.
But since seeking help several months ago, the 25-year-old is doing much better. “He's healthy, happy and not drinking. He's taking time to focus on working,” a source revealed to E! News, with another telling People magazine: “He’s doing great. He's taking care of himself and it shows.”
Zac is the latest in a long list of young stars to seek help for addictions in rehabilitation clinics.
Lindsay Lohan has had six stays in rehab since 2007 but she said her latest stint, which she completed in July, was the first time she actually wanted help. “I came into it really craving more spirituality, really open and ready to get really honest.”
Amid reports of substance abuse, Demi Lovato entered rehab in 2010 for emotional and physical issues, which she later revealed to be depression, self-harming and an eating disorder. The young singer said she “basically had a nervous breakdown”.
Kelly Osbourne has been clean since 2009 but she struggled with an addiction to painkillers for nearly a decade. “I've been to rehab seven times and to two mental institutions,” the TV presenter revealed.
Eminem entered rehab twice for addictions to prescription painkillers – at the height of his problem he was taking 20 pills a day. “The numbers got so high, I don't even know what I was taking,” the rap star admitted.
For many of today’s A-list stars, their stints in rehab are distant memories. Ben Affleck sought treatment for alcoholism when he was 28. “Ben is a self-aware and smart man who had decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol,” his rep said at the time.
Drew Barrymore found fame at a very young age and struggled to cope. It seems hard to believe now, but she was drinking, smoking marijuana and taking cocaine while still a child and first entered rehab at age 13. A suicide attempt at 14 sent her back to rehab and she hasn’t relapsed since her mid-teens.
Nicole Richie began taking drugs as a teenager and went to rehab twice. “At 18 I had just been doing a lot of cocaine,” she said of her first stint. But a few years later, heroin became a problem. “I made the decision for myself,” she explained. “This isn't the life… this was heroin.”
Matthew Perry battled with addictions in 2000 when he was at the height of his fame in Friends. Pills and alcohol were his vices, he said at the time. “It was hard living and drinking hard and eating poorly. You play, you pay.”
Glee actor Cory Monteith struggled with addiction for nearly two decades before he succumbed to an overdose in July. The 31-year-old was just out of rehab, his second spell of treatment, when he died from an accidental heroin and alcohol overdose.
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