Zac and his college sweetheart, Jennifer Stanley-George, tied the knot in June 2009 and he continued to battle addiction. At one point in the interview, he recalled having his gallbladder removed so he could get pain pills.
A few years prior to the surgery, Zac had a brain tumor and started taking painkillers. Eventually, he “got hooked.” One day, after he “overdid it” at a Philadelphia Eagles game, he felt sick and decided to go to a hospital to “talk a doctor into” giving him medication.
“I didn’t know what my plan was,” he said. “And then I think dehydration or something kicked in and I felt my side. I was like, ‘I think I can figure something out here.’ I think I Googled, you know, whatever symptoms I had to Google. And I’ll never forget—I probably owe this guy an apology, like we make apologies—but the doctor walked in. He was from my hometown. So I knew in that moment that I’m good because he’s gonna believe me. I’m going to schmooze him. And sure enough, he was giving me Dilaudid within a half hour and I ended up going through with the surgery.”
Zac still remembers that moment vividly. “I’ll never forget right before—you know, they put you under, they knock you out for that surgery—the doctor looked at me in the eye and he goes, ‘You know what we’re doing today, right?’ I said, ‘Yeah, you’re taking my gallbladder out.’ He said, ‘Before I put you under, I just want to make sure you want to go through with this.’ And I was like, ‘Yep.’ And I did it. It was nuts.”