Zac Clark, a Bachelorette veteran, says he couldn’t stop using heroin before turning his life around. He celebrates 10 years sobriety
The Bachelorette vet Zac Clark has revealed he ‘could not stop shooting heroin’ and ‘smoking crack’ before finally turning his life around and getting clean as he celebrated 10 years of sobriety on Monday.
In an essay published on Good Morning America, Clark recalled getting help after attempting to a cash a check he had stolen from his father with the intention of getting more drugs.
That turning point happened in August 2011, when Hurricane Irene was approaching the New Jersey beach town he was vacationing at with his family.
‘I could not stop hating myself’: The Bachelorette vet Zac Clark has revealed he ‘could not stop shooting heroin’ and ‘smoking crack’ before finally turning his life around and getting clean as he celebrated 10 years of sobriety on Monday
Zac knew the storm could leave him stranded in town, with no access to his next ‘fix.’
‘Everything in my life revolved around how I was going to get my next high, so I had no choice but to leave the place where I might get stranded and rip up to the streets of Camden, New Jersey, where I knew for certain I could cop more drugs,’ he wrote.
‘I could not stop shooting heroin, I could not stop smoking crack, I could not stop drinking, and I could not stop hating myself,’ he added.
‘After sleeping on the street for several nights, I broke into my dad’s office and stole one of his checks. The next day, I went to the local PNC Bank with grand plans to get more cash and continue what was sure to be a run that would end in overdose or death.’
‘Change is possible’: Clark posted a throwback of himself ‘hammered’ in the midst of his addiction struggles
Fortunately, the ‘angel’ bank teller suspected something was off, and called his father.
‘She called my dad, who rushed down to rescue me. When he burst through the doors of the bank, I knew it was over. White as a ghost, he calmly walked up to me, put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Son, we’re going home.”
‘At that moment, I felt something lift and I surrendered; it is a feeling I will never forget.’
Zac checked into rehab the next day where he spent four months conquering his demons.
Moving forward: Clark posted a slew of inspirational messages as he celebrated the milestone
Pivotal: Zac’s family also cheered the reality star on as he marked the milestone occasion, with his sister Kathryn Cannici writing an inspirational poem about his journey in a poem entitled 10 Years
‘Fast forward to today and I can honestly say that I live a life beyond my wildest expectation,’ he said.
‘When people ask me how I got to where I am today, I do not hesitate in telling them that all of these blessings are a direct result of keeping my recovery front and center. Without my recovery, I have nothing – it is my super power.’
Zac’s family also cheered the reality star on as he marked the milestone occasion, with his sister Kathryn Cannici writing an inspirational poem about his journey in a poem entitled 10 Years.
He accepted her final rose! He is currently engaged to Tayshia after proposing to her during the season finale of the drama-packed season
Bachelor Nation: Clark met his fiancee on The Bachelorette in 2020
He also posted a poignant photo of himself in the midst of his addiction struggles.
‘Change is possible,’ Zac wrote in a photo of himself wearing a pink hat and striped shirt. ‘I was hammered and dress horribly.’
On his Twitter account, he posted, ’10 years sober today. For a guy that couldn’t stop shooting heroin, smoking crack and guzzling booze this is truly a miracle. No matter what you are struggling with today just know that change is possible and you are worth it. You don’t have to be perfect. KEEP GOING.’
Zac rose to fame last year looking for love on Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adam’s season of The Bachelorette.
He is currently engaged to Tayshia after proposing to her during the season finale of the drama-packed season.
Accomplishing his dreams: Clark wrote, ‘Fast forward to today and I can honestly say that I live a life beyond my wildest expectation’ (pictured 2021)
Publiated at Tue 31 August 2021, 19:09:00 (+0000).