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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Zac Efron opens up on staying clean from drugs: ‘It’s a never ending struggle’

Brian O'Reilly

Published 30/04/2014 | 20:26

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06:  Actor Zac Efron arrives at the "Parkland" premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Zac Efron

FORMER Disney star Zac Efron has opened up for the first time about his struggles with drugs and alcohol.

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Fans of the 26-year-old actor were stunned when last year it was revealed he had been treated for cocaine addiction.

However the star now believes he has got his life back on track.

The former ‘High School Musical’ star has completed two stints in rehab in the last 12 months.

Efron told the Hollywood Reporter that he is now in alcoholics anonymous to help deal with his issues.

“I just started going. And I think it's changed my life. I'm much more comfortable in my own skin. Things are so much easier now.”

But he added: “It's a never-ending struggle.”

While the young star didn’t go into details about his drug taking, he did admit it was an issue – and added that so was his drinking.

“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.”

Despite a tough year in his personal life, the star says he wouldn’t change anything.

“I wouldn't take anything back, I needed to learn everything I did.

“But it was an interesting journey, to say the least.”

He also explained an incident last month which saw him become involved in a altercation in a shady area of LA frequented by drug users.

The incident sparked concerns among fans that the star had relapsed. 

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“I had a friend come pick me up late at night - we were looking for a place Downtown to get a bite and catch up.

“We were having trouble finding somewhere - a lot of places were closed - and the car ran out of gas off the 110. It was ridiculous. We had to pull over, and I called Uber.

“A homeless guy, or vagrant, tapped on the driver's-side window. Before I knew it, he [the friend] was out of the car, and they started fighting.

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'I saw that [the homeless man] was carrying some sort of a knife, or shank, and I got out of the car to disarm him.

“At some point, he dropped the knife, and I got hit pretty hard in the face - and almost instantly the police were there to break up the fight. It was the most terrifying moment in my life.”

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