Zac Efron’s celebrity career launched when he was only 19 years old thanks to the financial success of High School Musical in 2006. The Disney channel release made the previously unknown California native an overnight success. Efron reprised his centerstage role of Troy Bolton in both the Disney sequels within the next two years — effectively making him Disney’s new teenage “heartthrob”.
The Cause of Efron’s Alcoholism:
In an interview with Elle.com, Efron said he first turned to heavy drinking as a way to cope with the social pressures of his fame. Alcohol was a “social lubricant” and a way to deal with how surveilled the young celebrity felt. Everywhere he went, there were people waiting to snap his photo or ask him what he was doing, what he was wearing, who he was dating, etc. “It was an overwhelming amount of pressure,” said Efron about being followed or watched around the clock.
It’s only human to worry about what others think of you. But when your livelihood lives and dies by your image, it can feel tempting to isolate yourself from prying eyes — which is exactly what Efron did. As he became more hyper-aware of his image and what other people thought of him, he grew more depressed. Now unable to enjoy his former hobbies of surfing or skating every morning without worrying that he was being watched or photographed, Efron began starting his days by Googling himself to see the latest news or photos or commentaries.
Alcoholism & Rehab:
Efron never went into detail about his alcoholism or what exactly made him realize he needed help, only that he soon found himself unexcited about nearly everything in his life: “when the only things I would look forward to was free time on the weekends and dreaded the start of a new week, I knew something was wrong.” In 2013, he quietly began attending alcoholics anonymous meetings but struggled to stay sober. After relapsing twice over the next year, he entered a rehab facility early in 2014 before his alcoholism became bad enough to affect his career.
After finishing his program later in 2014, Efron became one of the few celebrities to open up about his struggles with alcohol in order to raise awareness and challenge the stigma behind addiction. Now 6 years sober, Efron advocates the sober lifestyle as well as using diet, exercise, and adventures to live a fulfilled life. Although the celebrity supports abstinence for those who struggle with addiction, he also recommends it to anyone interested in copying his impressive physique.
Want To Be (new) Baywatch Buff? Say Bye to Booze:
2017 saw the release of the rebooted Baywatch starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opposite to the somehow-equally buff Zac Efron. Boasting less than 5% body fat, Efron credited his sober lifestyle and a special workout routine for his impressive 12-week transformation before the role.
According to Efron, not drinking helps you shed the pounds more quickly, especially from your stomach, and protecting your hard-earned gains. The rest he says is a matter of being consistent with your eating. More about Efron’s Pre-Baywatch food choices.
“The first three weeks are the hardest,” claims Efron. “But after that, your body stops craving the unhealthy snacks you used to love, and you’ll look forward to a healthy serving of fruits and proteins.”
Down to Earth with Zac Efron:
Early in July 2020, Efron released the first episode of his latest project “Down to Earth with Zac Efron” a documentary about travel, life experience, nature, green energy, and healthy living practices. Although the series features jaw-dropping scenery and adventures, Efron’s unscripted dialogue has received some mixed reviews. However, one thing all the critics have agreed on so far is that you can’t help but like Zac Efron.
Living at Cause:
We have a mantra at Tree House Recovery called living at cause. It’s a short way of saying that to be truly happy and fulfilled you should be the one controlling your life, rather than letting your life happen to you. Efron embodies this perfectly with his new sober lifestyle. He made the choice to stop living in fear of what others saw when they looked at him, and enjoy what he enjoys. After his recovery, he stopped Googling himself and picked up his former hobbies of skating and surfing. He traverses the world with Bear Grylls and several years ago he rode a shark in Hawaii:
“ I went shark diving with some researchers. I came face to face with a shark. I could either turn and try to beat the shark to the boat, or I could look it in the eyes and let it know I’m present and I’m not afraid. It went right past me, and I put my hand out and I actually rode the shark for 10 or 15 seconds. After that, it came back and it swam under my legs and I just kind of touched it from the nose all the way to the tail.” (Elle.com).
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