Your drug problem must be out of hand if the people staging your intervention are addicts themselves. Such was the case with Steven Tyler in 1986, when his "Toxic Twin" — Tyler’s equally hard-partying bandmate Joe Perry — and the rest of the group told Steven he needed to clean up his act. After all, the Aerosmith frontman was collapsing during shows. After detoxing in rehab, Steven seemed well rid of the the drug habit... for a couple of decades, at least.
Known for his onstage acrobatics, Steven has had a number of performance-related injuries over the years. After undergoing foot surgery in March 2008, he entered rehab later that May for prescription painkiller and sleep aid addiction. The New York Daily News quoted Tyler as saying, "I just put the brakes on and checked into detox and just pulled the plug on all of it."
However, he didn't pull the plug hard enough. When the singer broke his shoulder following a 2009 tumble from the stage during a South Dakota concert (see video below), he again found himself struggling to balance pain management with his addiction. He checked into rehab again in December 2009 for prescription drug abuse. MTV reported that his daughter, Liv Tyler, released a statement supporting her father, saying, "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." By March 2010, Steven had completed rehab and was frolicking with his girlfriend Erin Brady — and rocking his sobriety chips — in Maui, reported The Daily Mail.
Steven isn't the only American Idol judge with a drug-addled past. In 2009, Paula Abdul admitted to Lady’s Home Journal that she used painkillers for several years to control her chronic pain and had finally kicked the habit.
Let's hope the judge's seat proves to be a safer perch for the Aerosmith rocker!