Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has spent the last two months in rehab following a relapse back into drugs and alcohol. Tyler fell off the wagon following foot surgery last year. But the rocker is well enough to give an update to his fans.
Tyler is now out of rehab and looking forward to rejoining the band. TMZ reported that Tyler is “doing extremely well” and plans to rejoin his bandmates for dates in September.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is out of rehab, and we’re told he’s doing “amazingly well” https://t.co/NKfHC3xtVm
— TMZ (@TMZ) July 2, 2022
According to TMZ, it was recommended that the rocker stay thirty days. He stayed longer to ” make sure he felt good.”
Why Steven Tyler Had To Go To Rehab
Earlier this year, Aerosmith announced the cancellation of their June and July Las Vegas shows at the Dolby Theatre at the ParkMGM due to lead singer Steven Tyler once again entering rehab.
Thank you for your understanding and for your support for Steven during this time.
If you purchased your tickets via Ticketmaster, you will be refunded and will receive an email shortly with details, otherwise please contact your point of purchase for information on refunds. pic.twitter.com/1nuUc5Gj1j
— Aerosmith (@Aerosmith) May 24, 2022
Steven Tyler’s History With Substance Abuse
Tyler has been open about his decades-long struggle to remain sober. His substance issues were so bad that in 1988 his bandmates intervened and forced the rock icon to go to rehab.
The incident left Tyler bitter and angry at the rest of the band for years to come, but he now understands they were trying to help him.
“But today, because of that moment… I am grateful and owe a thanks to them for my sobriety,”
Tyler spoke about sobriety on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
Tyler says that sobriety is an everyday struggle, and while he misses drinking and drugs, he knows that every time he has relapsed, it has cost him “everything.”
Sobriety is hard, and it is a constant struggle to avoid triggers that cause you to slip. Tyler’s foot surgery led to a relapse. Medical procedures are a common way for addicts to fall off the wagon.
Fans Tweet Support for Steven Tyler
Obviously, a lot of fans are disappointed by the news, but many are tweeting support for Tyler and the band.
Tyler relapsed following foot surgery and the subsequent pain management.
I think Depp’s recent humanising testimony concerning the horrors of detoxing from pain medications has helped lots of us to appreciate just how brutal the whole experience is. That takes courage and strenght and you’re seen. Love for Steven and the Aerosmith family <3
— Francesca Gallo (@_scomodamente_) May 24, 2022
It’s saddens me to see my heroes James Hetfield, Jon Bon Jovi and now Steven Tyler go through hard times. All the best Steven you will come back stronger I’m sure!
— Rez (@mufctallica) May 24, 2022
Prayers to Steven as he gets through this. I am thankful my show on Sept. 4th (at this time) will still go on, but his health and recovery comes first! Take care of your self sir.
— Mallory Reilly (@MrsReillz) May 24, 2022
I love u so so so much, Steven. Take all the time u need to recover and focus on your health. That’s all we care about ??? Sending u all of my love and I can’t wait to rock out when u are better ? pic.twitter.com/qOT6CulXAW
— farm emo ashley ❤️? (@_BlueArmy_) May 24, 2022
What’s The Outlook For The Rocker?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that, while drug addiction can’t be “cured,” it is treatable:
“Research on the science of addiction and the treatment of substance use disorders has led to the development of research-based methods that help people to stop using drugs and resume productive lives, also known as being in recovery.”
Interventions like the treatment Tyler received can help people with drug addictions return to a normal life.
While relapses do happen, NIDA says that this is part of the process and doesn’t indicate that the treatment didn’t work.
Tyler is aware of this, as TMZ reports that “he understands he’s fighting a lifelong problem and recognizes his addiction … so everyone’s hopeful he’ll stay clean and sober.”
If you or someone you know has a drug use problem, see the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator or call 1-800-662-HELP.
For information to help you recognize the signs of drug use and addiction, see What Are the Signs of Having a Problem With Drugs?