Tuesday, June 18, 2013
As Hollywood loses yet another celebrity to a suspected drug overdose, the bad boy from Boston refuses to be next. Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler is tired of living on the edge, which is why he's checked himself into rehab for an addiction to painkillers that came after 10 years of injuries. He earned his most recent battle scars over the summer after he fell of a concert stage and seriously injured his head, neck and shoulder. Tyler's determined to get back in the saddle and issued the following the statement, "With the help of my family and team of medical professionals, I am taking responsibility for the management of my pain and am eager to be back on the stage and in the recording studio with my bandmates Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford." Although there were rumors that Tyler was quitting the famous band, he obviously don't want to miss a thing. Tyler added, "I love Aerosmith; I love performing as the lead singer in Aerosmith," he adds. "I am grateful for all of the support and love I am receiving and am committed to getting things taken care of." Unfortunately, Tyler still faces an uphill battle in dealing with both chronic pain and more surgeries on his knees and feet. Dr. Brian McKeon says it's their mission to treat the pain while dealing with the addiction. Said Dr. McKeon, "Managing and controlling his pain has been challenging, and despite our use of alternative therapies and the creation of custom shoes built by a team of engineers from Timberland, Steven's pain has progressed," says McKeon, who also is team doctor for the Boston Celtics. "The balance between managing his pain and avoiding addiction is tenuous and difficult and his bravery in persevering through rigorous touring is admirable. As with many athletes, Steven put his performance first as he struggled with acute pain for years." The last time Tyler walked this way to rehab was in May 2008 when he was supposedly treated for foot pain -- not prescription painkillers.