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Zac Efron Did Two Stints In Rehab For Cocaine Addiction

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Zac Efron has maintained a squeaky-Disney-clean reputation for most of his career, but reports coming out this week suggest that the actor has a dark side; according to TMZ, he's done two stints in rehab this year.

The gossip site reports that Efron sought help for cocaine and molly addiction for the first time in March. When he came out and began filming "Neighbors" with Seth Rogen in April, he allegedly relapsed and had to check back in.

The site suggests that a stalled career, girl troubles, family troubles and a hard-partying group of friends are to blame for Efron's downward spiral.

According to the LA Times, Efron has been making a huge attempt to turn his good-boy image around and be taken more seriously as an actor, but to little avail. The paper notes that after "High School Musical," which launched him to fame, he followed up a couple of fluffy movie roles with more serious fare, including the drama "At Any Price" and indie film "Parkland."

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But "At Any Price" only did $500,000 in ticket sales, and Efron seems to do better at the box office in fluffy comedies or less challenging roles.

Meanwhile, People reports that as his career stalled, Efron began hanging out with people who partied hard and encouraged him to use drugs.

"He surrounds himself with a group that enjoys partying," a source told the magazine. "He got caught up in the partying lifestyle the past few years."

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