Nick Stahl (Terminator 3) “Focused on Healing”
Terminator 3 star Nick Stahl, 32, is “focused on healing” after battling what his wife, Rose Murphy, calls “the worst addiction cycle” of his life. After going missing for more than a week, Stahl checked into rehab on May 20. Murphy told the San Francisco Chronicle that Stahl “wants to be well” and is getting the treatment he needs.
Family feared deadly overdose
Prior to Stahl’s decision to check into the rehab facility, Murphy feared that her estranged husband might die from an overdose. Stahl, who lives separately from Murphy, had been missing for over a week.
“He could have overdosed, that’s one thought. And I’m wondering if there will be a body recovered,” Murphy told People.com.
Stahl has battled drug addiction since his teen years. Over the last six months, Murphy says that Stahl’s addiction took a turn for the worst for reasons she does not fully understand. Stahl’s addiction struggles led him to turn down acting roles and ultimately live apart from his wife and their two-year old daughter, Marlo.
Drug use has limited contact with daughter
In February, Murphy filed court papers limiting Stahl’s contact with their two-year old daughter, Marlo. According to the documents, Murphy indicated that the couple has been separated since January. Prior to visiting Marlo, Murphy requested that Sahl show proof he had not used drugs within the last 24-hours.
“That was an adult, loving decision that we made to try to inspire his recovery and maybe even scare him away from relapse,” Murphy told People.com.
Stahl reported missing by roommate
Stahl, who now lives with a roommate, disappeared when the roommate took a break from their morning meditation session on May 9. After a week of no contact, Murphy reported Stahl missing on May 16. At the time, she told KTLA-TV that Stahl had been frequenting the Skid Row area in downtown Los Angeles.
On May 20, Stahl sent an “unemotional and unapologetic” email to friends, stating that he was checking into a 30-day rehab facility. This was the first contact Stahl had made with friends and family members since disappearing from his apartment 11 days earlier.
Friends and family are hopeful of recovery
With Stahl now in rehab and focused on recovery, Murphy says she is hopeful. “I gotta lotta hope,” she told reporters. “‘How dark it is before the dawn.’ I’ve chanted that a lot in my head. I find comfort in it.”
A former child star, Stahl told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2008 that he struggled with his early stardom and the spotlight’s harsh glare. “It warps your ability to find a certain identity,” he said. “You are in a strange limbo. You are working in an adult world but being very young, you are not a part of it. You can’t be included in it really. Then you go home… and you’re not fully a part of that, either.”
Renfro’s death was warning sign to Stahl
In 2008, former child star Brad Renfro died from a heroin overdose. After Renfro’s death, Stahl told the San Francisco Chronicle that he had seen the warning signs when the pair filmed the movie Bully in 2001. “There was a lot of recreational drinking and things like that going on during the shoot,” Stahl said. “For someone like me, who has been through drugs and drinking, it was pretty easy to spot that Brad had problems.”
Now, Stahl is facing his own problems again in rehab. However, celebrity media speculates that Stahl may need more than a 30-day stay in rehab to recover. Many addicts can benefit from an extended stay in a long-term residential treatment facility. We wish Stahl well in his recovery and hope that he takes the time he needs to fully address his addiction problems.