09:38 PM EDT 03/16/2014
Originally posted 09/25/2013 02:30PM
He was an A student in his Arroyo Grande, Calif., high school – a theater kid who hit the big time as the fresh-faced teenaged star of Disney Channel's High School Musical phenomenon. There were no public displays of bad behavior, no drunken arrests or barroom brawls.
But with fame came a partying lifestyle that continued to escalate until Zac Efron quietly sought help in rehab.
"He was partying a lot," says a friend. "It went from bad to worse."
Originally posted 09/25/2013 01:20PM
Nick Carter is coming clean about his issues.
The Backstreet Boy says he hit rock bottom after years of alcohol and drug abuse but has made a dramatic turnaround in his struggle with addiction, even as he continues to work on painful family relationships and cope with the death of his sister last year.
Carter, in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, gets candid about his demons, saying he started using marijuana when he was just 15 and then began taking Vicodin and Ecstasy. But in 2008, he was diagnosed with a heart condition, promptly stopping him in his tracks and spurring him to face his problems.
"I made that choice right there and said, 'I do not want to be this person anymore,'" Carter, 33, told Dr. Phil in an episode that aired Monday. "You have to find that moment in your life – that moment of clarity – and say, 'Is this who you want to be the rest of your life, or do you deserve more?' I decided I deserved better."
Originally posted 07/18/2013 08:15AM
Originally posted 04/23/2013 03:00PM
Sharon Osbourne is speaking out about her husband 'Ozzy"'s addiction issues.
"He said he's been using alcohol and prescription drugs for the last year and a half," she said of his recent Facebook post about getting sober. "And that he's been an a–– and he's been in a very dark place. That's true. That's very true."
The Talk co-host also revealed on Tuesday's show that Ozzy was hiding his struggles from her. "I never knew he was using prescription drugs," she said. "I knew he was drinking occasionally but I didn't realize the extent."
And like her husband, who said on Facebook that the couple are not splitting up, Sharon said, "We're not getting divorced. However, am I happy? No. Am I upset? Yes I am. I'm devastated right now."
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