Disappearing into Addiction
Nick Stahl, of Sin City and Terminator 3 fame, has been reported missing. The LA Times states Stahl’s wife told police that she has not seen him since May 9th. Stahl has allegedly been spending a lot of time in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, an area known for its homeless and drug using communities. His wife requested during their separation this year that he take a drug test within 24 hours of seeing his daughter. This is making people wonder whether Stahl’s disappearance was drug-related. Detective Sasso of the LAPD told PEOPLE Magazine that “Of the 14,000 missing persons cases [he’s] handled over the past 4 years, there’s a very good percentage of those involving drug issues and a separation from families.” This is another reason why people should seek drug rehabilitation. People using drugs may become paranoid and run away, get kicked out of their homes and become separated from their communities or make themselves vulnerable to abduction and other violent crimes. In 2008, Stahl told The San Francisco Chronicle that being a child star “warps your ability to find a certain identity” and might cause people to put “on a good face even though you might be in pain.” Hiding substance abusing behaviors and denial can contribute to worsening of drug abuse and alcohol abuse, leading to addiction and a need for drug rehabilitation. Stopping drug and alcohol abuse before it is too late with intervention and treatment can stop devastating consequences such as the destruction of relationships or, in cases like this, missing people. Detectives are looking for Stahl and staying optimistic about his return. If his disappearance was drug related, it sends a powerful message. If you are concerned about your alcohol or drug use or a loved one’s substance abuse, there is no time like the present to seek help. Getting your substance abuse or addiction under control at a drug rehabilitation facility can help you, your family and your friends avoid the devastation of a missing person or something worse. *update Actor Nick Stahl eventually checked himself into an inpatient drug rehab program. His disappearance was the result of a multi-day drug binge.