Watch Zac Efron Talk About Addiction With Bear Grylls And Say He Needed A ‘Social Lubricant’

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Zac Efron on Running Wild with Bear Grylls has been shelling out a lot of beautiful clips, but this one latest one wasn’t all fun and games!

On the show, Zac talked about his drug addiction and how his use of it was never about coping with the acting work in his life.

Instead, he said it was used in dealing with the social aspects. Here’s what he said:

“It was just so quick — it was shocking. The challenging part was never the work, that was never it. It was sort of the in-between work — the social aspects outside of it; everywhere you go [there are press and people watching] ├óΓé¼┬ª and it can be confusing ├óΓé¼┬ª and pretty soon you need a social lubricant.”

Zac then noticed there was a problem once his drug use started to affect his work as an actor! He said:

“Once it became that ├óΓé¼┬ª it got to the point where I was caring less about the work and waiting more for the weekend where I couldn’t wait to go out and let loose and have fun. But when Monday and Tuesday were difficult to get through, I thought, ‘This is bad.'”

It may be hard for the actor to stop using drugs after taking them, but he wants to feel comfortable in his own skin instead of having to resort to something else.

He said:

“I just really never again want to take anything from the outside in to feel ├óΓé¼┬ª comfortable in my present skin, and that takes a lot of work. It’s just meditation and stopping and slowing down your brain.”

Luckily for him – he’ll have his whole life to figure that out!

He’s only 26-years-old and yet he seems to be wise beyond his years!

[Image via NBC.]

Jul 30, 2014 9:59am PST

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