Did Zac Efron get the care he needed?
The boy next door recently opened up about his “party train” escapades which included cocaine, adderall, MDMA, oxycodone, and alcohol, according to People Magazine.
The High School Musical star entered rehab in March but relapsed. He underwent treatment again in April.
William Oswald, Executive Director and Founder of Summit Malibu, says, “Therapeutically it takes time to separate the actor from the real person. It takes awhile for them to trust enough to take off the mask. There is no instant cure for stardom.”
Oswald did not treat Efron, but would not publicize it if he did. He says that some facilities cater to the famous, capitalizing on their fame rather than treating the cause. “It is common for a facility to use a high profile client for publicity.”
Doing Time or Biding Time
As to why celebrities jump back into abuse after release from a program, Oswald offers, “They might have been there for the wrong reason. They often come in as with a gun to their head from their families or employers and have not decided they need treatment yet. They are not fully committed to embracing treatment yet. Frequently there is a lot of trauma or underlying unresolved issues that have not been dealt with along with guilt, shame, and grief.”
While shooting his new movie, The Neighbors, it became apparent that Efron was relapsing.
Able or Enablers?
Recently Efron posted a photo of himself in Peru and thanked his fans for their support. But is he getting the support from those around him?
For some celebrities, their entourage encourages bad behavior.
Oswald cautions, “Almost everyone looks the other way when a celebrity uses substances. A negative entourage is often self-serving and needs to keep their friend sick in order to support their behavior. There are many predators and bottom feeders out there willing to say ‘yes’ all day long because they are willing to get their needs met.”
The value of treatment
One wonders what they actually do in the treatment centers-are they just well-meaning spas? At Summit Malibu, treatment is hand-carved to serve the needs of the client. This differs from other facilities.
“Other programs fail because it is more about the money then it is the client. Some programs skimp on using professionals and evidence based treatments relying on the twelve-step model to do the work for them. The facilities enable the high profile stars, which ultimately hurts them,” Oswald says.
Fans of the multi-talented performer are pulling for him, responding to his tweets and instagram posts with messages of support.
His Hairspray co-star Amanda Bynes can use some of that as well. She was transferred from a UCLA psychiatric center to a rehab facility.