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Steven Tyler is back in rehab. According to People.com, the Aerosmith front man has entered a rehab facility for pain management and an addiction to prescription painkillers, reportedly developed as the result of ten years of performance injuries.
"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," Tyler said in a statement.
Aerosmith's members expressed concern for their lead singer earlier this year, when his behavior became erratic.
"I love Aerosmith; I love performing as the lead singer in Aerosmith," Tyler's statement continued. "I am grateful for all of the support and love I am receiving and am committed to getting things taken care of."
The rocker's doctor says Tyler, 61, has been enduring pain and suffering for years, and it continues to get worse.
"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," said Dr. Brian McKeon, who is also the Boston Celtics' team doctor. "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 physician adds that Tyler will still require "additional surgeries on his knees and feet."
"My family and I are in complete support of my dad's decision to seek treatment," actress Liv Tyler said of her father. "He is a courageous man. We love him and are so proud that he is getting help to balance his pain management, not just for himself but for his family, friends and fans."
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