Zac Efron Feels Liberated After Drug Abuse Talk

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Actor Zac Efron fells a “weight” has been lifted off his shoulders after he has opened up about his addiction in a new interview.

He has recently spoken about his rehab stint for cocaine and alcohol abuse. He also said it was very helpful to talk about it publicly as part of an expose in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

He told U.S. breakfast show Today, “It was a weight off my chest, I think. It was great.

“It was a rough year, and, it’s kind of funny, (my new film) Neighbors is such a great icing on the cake for all of this. I was able to kind of channel all of that and put it back into this movie. And I feel great, really blessed to be here working with this group of guys, and I don’t know, it couldn’t be better right now. I’m really excited.”

His friend and co-star Dave Franco added, “I’m really excited for Zac because I think a lot of people have this preconception of who he is, and once you see this movie, I think his teenybopper image is going to be completely shattered, and all these new projects that wouldn’t have come to him otherwise are just going to flood toward him.”

Efron also revealed he has learned some important life lessons after hitting rock bottom in his life two years ago.

He said, “I was drinking a lot, way too much. It’s never one specific thing. I mean, you’re in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? Everything is thrown at you.”

“(But) I wouldn’t take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did. But it was an interesting journey, to say the least.”

“When you have success young, and you accept the good things, you have to accept all of it. You have to accept the moments of glory but also a great responsibility. And that responsibility, to some degree, involves being a role model. At the same time, I’m a human being, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve learned from each one.”

The actor admitted that his career kept him away from family and friends.

He explained, “(It) started to become the reason to go anywhere, the reason to talk to anybody. The phone calls I received were regarding (work), the ones I wanted to make were regarding scripts or to producers. Slowly but surely, I was no longer living in my house. It was just hotel to hotel. So my hobbies went out the window. I was just so deep into my work… (It became) a little bit destructive.”

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