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Chris Harrison and others congratulate ‘Bachelorette’ winner on huge milestone

August 30, 2022 was a big day for one “Bachelorette” star. Tayshia Adams season winner Zac Clark announced on Instagram that he has just reached the milestone of 11 years clean and sober. In the video, he talked about his journey and also aspired to inspire others struggling with addiction to follow in his footsteps.

Fans remember Clark from season 16 not only because he won the Bachelorette’s heart (at least temporarily), but also because of how open and honest he was about the struggle he’d been through with addiction and mental health.

Although Clark and Adams put an end to it in November 2021, Clark managed to endure the pain of a public breakup and remain committed to the cause of staying clean and sober and helping others win their battles with addiction and mental health problems.

The Instagram video, like Clark himself, is very direct and unadorned. Clark, sitting at a table in a gray T-shirt and baseball cap, greeted his viewers with, “Okay, everyone. Eleven years sober today. I am super grateful. I feel very loved. The beautiful notes and messages, thank you very much for that.”

The marathon runner continued: “As I sit here and think back to the past 11 years of my life, I can’t help but acknowledge that this actually has nothing to do with me, can I? This has to do with the people who paved the way for me. Those who came before me and, most importantly, the person who still struggles today – struggling with their addiction, struggling with their mental health, feeling they can’t move on.”

The 12th step of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs is, “After a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we have sought to get this message across to alcoholics and put these principles into practice in all of our affairs.” Clark’s message to other addicts reflects this principle.

Clark claimed, “You know I have people coming up to me all the time and asking me how do you stay sober…how do you have fun?” “I’m laughing because I’ve been given this next-level existence that I’m so proud of. It was hard being on the street, willing to die to get high one more time, for one more blow. This life is easy and beautiful and it is available to you if you want it. We are here for you. We love you. Keep it up. Dive in. I promise you it will get better. If I can do it, so can you. Let’s go!”

The comment section of Clark’s video was filled with support from fans and other Bachelor Nation stars. Former host, Chris Harrison, wrote, “There you go boy! Miss my workout buddy,” to which Clark replied, “@chrisbharrison we’re holding out. Thanks for the continued support.”

Bachelor alums Joe Amabile, Blake Moynes and Kenny Braasch also congratulated Clark, and he responded to each individually.

One fan commented, “You’ve learned the tools and developed them to help countless others. That’s legacy s*** right there.” Clark replied, “You are the best. Thanks for all the love and support.”

Another supporter wrote: “CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! How amazing. Great milestone!!!! An inspiration to so many ❤️❤️❤️ you save lives my husband.”

Clark is the co-founder of the Release Recovery Foundation, which travels to colleges to promote mental and physical health.

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