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.
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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
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
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
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
Robert Downey Jr. 6 of 13
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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