In a featured piece in the Hollywood Reporter, Zac Efron spoke more about his past struggles with alcohol and drug abuse while also appearing to remain a bit guarded, understandably.
Efron, who had entered a treatment program last year, has had a couple unfortunate situations that seemed to indicate he might still have difficulty from time to time. “No matter who you are, you face challenges growing up,” he told the Reporter. “You go with your things, you learn, you have to. It’s impossible to lead an honest and fulfilling life as a man and not make mistakes and ‘fess up to them when you need to. But it’s especially humiliating when they happen to be so public and so scrutinized.”
In the interview, the actor admitted he was drinking way too much and that there were drugs involved as well. “I’m a human being, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve learned from each one,” he said.
Efron said he has since joined AA and has also been getting help through a therapist, indicating that things are going much better in his life.
Though many would have a tough time sympathizing, growing up in Hollywood can have its extreme pressures and even more difficult temptations. When parties and substance abuse are so deeply ingrained in the culture and money is plentiful, it’s easy to see how so many can get caught up in the scene.
Zac said that his problems had escalated when he wound up doing three films in a row and the grueling schedule without any structure or support led him to seek comfort elsewhere. He has since learned to look for more balance in his life. It’s a maturing process that people often go through in other careers as well, which can be relatable.