Zac Clark Says Beating Addiction Was the 'Beginning of a Rebirth' in 'Bachelorette' Deleted Scene
Zac Clark bravely shared his struggles with substance abuse earlier this season on “The Bachelorette” — and, in a deleted scene from this week’s Hometown Dates episode, he shared even more about his road to recovery.
Zac reflected back on beating addiction during a touching conversation with his father.
“I remember every detail about that day. It’s embedded in my mind. Phone rings and it’s the lady from Pennsauken police that they had arrested you and I said, ‘Can you hold him?’” Zac’s dad recalled, referring to a drug-related incident during his son’s younger years in New Jersey.
“And I got in the car and it was the longest ride, which is only 10 minutes,” he continued. “But, for me, it was the longest ride because I was so afraid. That’s where we were with you in that point in time. And I’ll never forget this as long as I live: I looked at you, and I said, ‘It’s time to go home.’”
Zac then described his own memory of that day, expressing gratitude for his father’s intervention.
“When you put your arm on my arm, when you said, ‘Son, we’re going home,’ and here I am strung out on every drug under the sun — and you put your arm on my arm and said, ‘Son, we’re going home,’ I said nothing,” he said. “But I [felt] something leave me. It’s like that moment of clarity or whatever it is. That’s a day I’ll never forget. It’s a day I’ll never forget because it was the beginning of a rebirth.”
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Zac — who, on Tuesday night’s episode of “The Bachelorette,” won a spot among Tayshia Adams’ final three men alongside Brendan Morais and Ivan Hall — recently opened up about another definitive moment in his return to health.
In an Instagram post shared Tuesday, he revealed that he reunited with the woman — a bank teller named Rhonda — who helped him out of his darkest days. “Rhonda didn’t know me, didn’t care what I looked like and didn’t judge me,” he wrote. “She just knew that I needed help as I tried to cash a forged check so I could get some quick money and keep getting high. Rather than call the cops, Rhonda called my dad (whose name was on the check as the account owner).”
He added, “Rhonda’s call not only told my father that I was still alive but where I could be found. He rushed down to the bank just in time before I disappeared back to the streets.”
Shortly thereafter, Zac completed a successful months-long stint at a rehabilitation center. In a 2014 interview with the Reading Eagle, Zac detailed his experience with drugs and alcohol, explaining that he began drinking as an adolescent and started taking prescription medications like Adderall in college. He later became addicted to morphine and other opioids following surgery for a brain tumor removal.
Zac is now sober and works as an addiction specialist. In 2017, he co-founded Release Recovery, a 17-bed transitional living facility in Westchester County, New York, that helps addicts find their best routes to recovery.
See how Zac’s journey with Tayshia concludes when the Season 16 finale of “The Bachelorette” airs next week in two parts on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC.