Eric Kohler, a VFX producer who mysteriously went missing late last month and was found in alive in Mexico more than a week later, has spoken out for the first time since his disappearance in a long Facebook post on Sunday.
In the post, Kohler explains the circumstances of his disappearance, calling himself an addict. Though he wrote that he does not want to reveal what he’s addicted to, it led him to a downward spiral and “a frenzy.”
“My name is Eric Kohler and I am an addict,” reads the post on Kohler’s page. “Through a state of exhaustion fueled by the stress and high expectations that were put on me, and the life I chose, my addiction escalated and I mentally snapped. This emotional and physical breakdown caused me to desert the people I care for and most importantly care for me.”
Kohler walked out of work at Vitality Visual Effects in Gardena, Calif., on Nov. 24 without his belongings. After a much publicized search, he was found safe on Dec. 4 in La Paz, Mexico, but the circumstances of his disappearance went unexplained.
The VFX producer, whose credits include “The Revenant,” “Midnight Special,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “San Andreas” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” said he’s now seeking treatment for his addiction in a rehab facility. He called the support from friends, family, coworkers and the public a “miracle,” and explained that he felt now was the appropriate time to speak out, as he can “see more clearly.”
“I believe most people would find it easiest to ignore or dodge the questions and speculations, but I’ve decided that instead of bottling up my past destruction, I want to use my story as an example of a positive outcome,” reads the post. “Those of you struggling and thinking no one cares, reach out to those around you. You will be pleasantly surprised to realize how much we, as humans, are capable of. I unfortunately had to figure this out in the hardest and most selfish way.”
Read Kohler’s full message below.