Zac Efron is an American actor and singer who found his debut into the big scene in the early 2000s. He became popular through his work on the Disney Channel and the WB Channel, having parts in things such as High School Musical and the WB series Summerland, as well as the Broadway production of the musical Hairspray.
Effron entered rehab twice for his cocaine addiction in 2013 and has met success in the world of recovery. He allegedly led a wild partying lifestyle, wherein his drug use went from “bad to worse”, according to an article presented by People Magazine.
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that people use by snorting through the nose. It can also be smoked, which is referred to as “crack cocaine”, thus “smoking crack”. It is almost instantaneously addictive and can cause an array of serious fallout that can last, and even come back to haunt someone, long after they have quit the drug.
Upon the first dose of cocaine, the user feels an intense rush of energy, and can produce the feeling of “going 60 miles an hour while sitting still.” The high does not last very long, however, and results in a very profound depression, or “crash”, thus causing the user to want more and more.
Even after the first time it is used, cocaine can start to cause heart conditions that can become permanent. People have been known to have heart attacks at young ages, which has been linked to cocaine usage, even after they have stopped using cocaine for a time. Heart palpitations have been known to develop as well.
Cocaine also has a dramatic effect on the brain. The rush it gives makes the user feel like they are rushing forwards, which is a sign that the locomotive mechanics in the brain are being dramatically affected. Frequent users of cocaine start to develop a tolerance to it, which causes them to need more and more to produce the same level of high that occurred the first time it was used. This raises the dismal possibility of overdosing and increases the damage done on the brain and heart by cocaine.
Over time, cocaine changes the way that the brain is shaped and functions. People who use a lot of cocaine have been known to develop serious mental psychoses such as paranoia and schizophrenia. Cocaine users have been known to start to become seriously agitated and paranoid the more they use cocaine. These kinds of problems being to increase the more they use cocaine and develop into permanent problems.
Getting off of Cocaine
Once someone decides that it is time to stop and quits cocaine, they can experience certain withdrawals that are unpleasant, to say the least, but not life-threatening.
The initial crash from cocaine usage- the dramatic drop in energy, mood and motivation which causes users to “need” more cocaine in order to keep going- can last for a few hours to about 24 hours. But sometimes, people can experience withdrawals for several days, even weeks, after stopping, which is known as Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, or PAWS.
Aside from the crash, people getting off cocaine will most likely continue to experience strong cravings for cocaine. This is not too uncommon but should be taken seriously to avoid relapse. Mood changes, fatigue, agitation, increased hunger, sleep problems and physical slowing are also symptoms of cocaine withdrawal.
Zac Efron and Recovery
It is good to know that Mr. Efron has gotten off of his cocaine habit. According to post-rehab interviews, he has gone on a trip to Peru with his father, still working forwards in his career and elaborates that his recovery is going well. We can only hope that this continues and that Mr. Efron gives us work worth remembering on screen in the future.
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Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.