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13 Celebs Who've Bounced Back After Rehab

There were no tabloid incidents. No car crashes. No trashed rooms at the Chateau Marmont. But earlier this month, news broke that while we were all focused on Lindsay Lohan, Zac Efron, 25, had quietly headed to rehab — twice. His partying ways had reportedly gotten so out of control, a friend told Us Weekly that, “He realized he needed outside help. He reached out for it and is doing great now… He’s in a good place. He’s clean and he’s happy.” Zac was reportedly struggling with a serious drug problem that included cocaine and a form of Ecstasy called Molly. When he appeared at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month, however, you would never have known he had such a tough year behind him. Efron looked relaxed and comfortable while promoting Parkland, his latest film, and even impressed his co-stars. “The fact that he’s seeking help,” Marcia Gay Harden told People magazine, “Only says great things about him.”

Zac is not the first star to pick his career back up post-rehab. He can take inspiration from the following gallery of celebrities who got help and returned to the spotlight.

  • Zac Efron 1 of 13
    ZacInstagramjpg

    Post-rehab life has treated Zac well. He just posted this pic on Instagram to thank everyone for the love and well wishes. The caption reads, "Hey guys! Just returned from an incredible trip to Peru with my dad and wanted to thank you all for your support these past few weeks...means the world to me. Love you guys!"

  • Ben Affleck 2 of 13
    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner seen leaving the Tavern restaurant in Brentwood

    Hard to imagine it now, since Ben is the toast of Hollywood, but back in August of 2001 he checked himself in Promises in Malibu. At the time, a spokesman said, "Ben is a self-aware and smart man who had decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol."

  • Drew Barrymore 3 of 13
    Drew Barrymore, wearing a black and white flowing skirt and beaded Chanel necklace, heads to a waiting car after a runway show during New York Fashion Week

    The actress/producer/director and mom of Olive reportedly had her first drink at 9 years old. Drew has been to rehab multiple times. Her mom checked her into a facility in 1988. She stayed only 12 days. The following year, she returned for 3 months. Interestingly, it was musician David Crosby who helped Drew get clean for good. She wrote about her substance abuse in her autobiography Little Girl Lost

  • Demi Lovato 4 of 13
    Demi Lovato attends the 2013 Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour - FOX All-Star Party at the Soho House in West Hollywood

    Back in 2010, after she reportedly hit Alex Welch, a backup dancer for the Jonas Brothers, the X Factor judge entered rehab. Since then, Demi has been very public about wrestling her demons — she's revealed she was a cutter, suffered from anorexia and bulimia, and was diagnosed as bipolar II while she was in rehab.

  • Mariah Carey 5 of 13
    Mariah Carey, wearing a very tight black dress and leather jacket, leaves a midtown hotel in New York City

    The mother of two is back on top of the world these days, but in 2001 she entered a treatment facility for an emotional and physical breakdown. She told Paper magazine in an interview, "I have had very low self-esteem my whole life."

  • Robert Downey Jr. 6 of 13
    Robert Downey Jr. attends the London premiere of 'Iron Man 3' at the Odeon Leicester Square

    Talk about a comeback. It looked like Robert's career was over in the late '90s when he was in and out of rehab and prison after multiple arrests for possession of heroin and cocaine. In 2003, he entered rehab, committed, and has been sober ever since. The rest is Ironman history. 

  • Britney Spears 7 of 13
    Britney Spears attends the premiere Of Columbia Pictures' 'Smurfs 2' at Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles

    After a public meltdown in 2007 involving hard partying and the infamous head shaving incident, Britney spent a month at Promises in Malibu. Afterwards, she reportedly attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. This month, the singer is poised for yet another comeback. Her Vegas residency starts this fall, and for the 2-year commitment she'll reportedly be raking in nearly $30 million

  • Mary-Kate Olsen 8 of 13
    Mary Kate Olsen seen leaving an office at the Meatpacking district in New York City

    Before she transformed herself from an actress into a fashion designer, Mary-Kate checked into the Cirque Lodge in Utah shortly after her 18th birthday. The reason was described by a spokesperson as a "health-related issue" widely presumed to be an eating disorder. "This is a challenge that Mary-Kate has made a decision to face," said her rep. "This is a challenge she will meet."

  • Nicole Richie 9 of 13
    Nicole Richie seen wearing a denim dress outside her hotel after attending the Style Awards in New York City

    In 2003, the actress and fashion designer was arrested for heroin possession and went to rehab. But not all was smooth sailing. In 2006, she faced jail time for driving the wrong way on a freeway in Los Angeles. Nicole told the CHP officers that she was under the influence of Vicodin and marijuana. In the end, she pleated guilty and served 82 minutes in jail a few months later when she was 5-months pregnant with Harlow. 

  • Keith Urban 10 of 13
    Keith Urban, one of the new judges on 'American Idol', arrives for more auditions in New York City

    The Australian country singer headed to rehab — for the third time — just four months after he married Nicole Kidman. Nicole staged an intervention with a few close friends to help him conquer his cocaine addition. Keith told Oprah Winfrey, "To see love in action to that degree... I'd never experienced anything like that." 

  • David Duchovney 11 of 13
    David Duchovny seen with fans signing autographs, arrives at LAX Airport

    In a life-imitates-art situation that no one really wanted to see, David told the world in 2008 that he was entering rehab for sex addition. He'd just won a Golden Globe for playing Hank Moody, an over-sexed novelist on Showtime's Californication. David and wife Tea Leoni separated for the second time in 2011. 

  • Kelly Osbourne 12 of 13
    Kelly Osbourne heads out of her hotel to attend the Rebecca Minkoff show for New York Fashion Week

    The engaged Fashion Police co-host told Cosmopolitan UK that she has been to rehab seven times and two mental institutions. "My mum even had me put in a padded cell once to scare me," she said, "but like a brat I just sat it out until she said, "Well, that's not going to work.'" She also said that with both her father and her brother battling their own addictions, she used to hide her drugs so that they wouldn't get to them. "I wanted them all to myself," she said. "I was quite selfish."

  • Steven Tyler 13 of 13
    Steven Tyler arrives at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City

    Maybe it goes with the rock star territory, but Steven Tyler completed his fifth stint in rehab in 2009 to treat an addiction to prescription painkillers. On Ellen Degeneres' show, he said, "I don't want to go back to that place... That place lost me my kids, a marriage, a band. A lot of things and it's for real. That's how dangerous that is. So I take it serious."

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