Before the treatment program, the Tangled The actor had “run to a lot of other things, be it sex, drugs or alcohol” to numb himself “from the pain that I’ve been running away from for most of my life,” said he said on the podcast.
“The irony is that alcohol can give you this temporary relief, but the next day amplifies that anxiety tenfold,” he said. “So you run backwards to get more and it just becomes this vicious circle.”
Reflecting on the root of his struggles, he said it all started during his childhood.
“Most of my life I grew up in a family where my stepfather was a perfectionist at the highest level, his bar was so high, impossible to reach, then a mother who was a borderline personality,” a- he declared. “So she didn’t have an incredibly high bar. She had an impossible target because she kept moving.”
As he got older, Zachary found himself struggling with his own perception of his career, adding: “I feel like I’m a bit on the outside looking in. I’ve never really had a feel like part of what the cool kid group is.”
Now he embraces prayer and meditation as he continues to move forward. His full podcast episode will be available to listen on June 28.