Zac Efron has spoken candidly and at length for the first time about the substance-abuse issues that put him in rehab last year.
"I was drinking a lot, way too much," the "Neighbors" star, 26, told The Hollywood Reporter in a story published Wednesday. Acknowledging his drug use as well, according to the magazine, Efron explained, "It's never one specific thing. I mean, you're in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? Everything is thrown at you. I wouldn't take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did. But it was an interesting journey, to say the least."
He said his battle with addiction was "a never-ending struggle," and that he had joined Alcoholics Anonymous and is seeing a therapist. "I just started going," he said. "And I think it's changed my life. I'm much more comfortable in my own skin. Things are so much easier now."
Efron had addressed his time in rehab only obliquely in January, telling NBC's "Today," in response to a Savannah Guthrie question about rehab reports, "I'm in the best place I've ever been. . . . things are good, so thank you for asking."
He shed no new light, however, on a street fight in late March involving himself and an unidentified friend against a knife-wielding vagrant in downtown Los Angeles.
"At some point, he [the stranger] dropped the knife, and I got hit pretty hard in the face -- and almost instantly the police were there to break up the fight," he said, calling the incident "the most terrifying moment in my life."