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Steven Tyler enters rehab

Steven Tyler (June 10, 2009)

Steven Tyler (June 10, 2009) Credit: AP File

Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler has entered rehab to battle his addiction to prescription painkillers and learn to manage his "severe chronic pain," brought on by years of performance injuries, People magazine reports.

"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 released to the magazine.

"I love Aerosmith; I love performing as the lead singer in Aerosmith," he added. "I am grateful for all of the support and love I am receiving and am committed to getting things taken care of."

His daughter, actress Liv Tyler said, "My family and I are in complete support of my dad's decision to seek treatment. 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."

During the past decade, Tyler, 61, has suffered orthopedic injuries that have left him with "severe, chronic pain." Dr. Brian McKeon, assistant clinical professor of orthopedics at Tufts School of Medicine, said Tyler will require additional surgeries on his knees and feet.

"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," McKeon told People. "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."

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