Steven Tyler says he went to rehab to recover from foot surgery

It seems like rehab clinics are the new spas. Kirsten Dunst said she went to rehab for depression treatment while Steven Tyler is claiming that he went to rehab this month in order to have peace and quiet while he recovered from foot surgery:

“The doctors told me the pain in my feet could be corrected but it would require a few surgeries over time,” Tyler says in a statement released Thursday. “The ‘foot repair’ pain was intense, greater than I’d anticipated. The months of rehabilitative care and the painful strain of physical therapy were traumatic. I really needed a safe environment to recuperate where I could shut off my phone and get back on my feet. Make no mistake, Aerosmith has no plans to stop rocking. There’s a new album to record, then another tour.”

According to the statement, Tyler was treated at the center after a series of surgeries and post-operative physical therapy “to correct long-time foot injuries resulting from his trademark athletic performance onstage.”

[From People]

According to the website for the Las Encinas hospital where Tyler was treated, they treat addictions and chemical dependency, but it’s of course possible that he decided to go to rehab when he could have just as easily checked into a resort or spa.

It wasn’t his first stint in rehab this year, though. The National Enquirer reports that he sought outpatient treatment in another facility starting in February for an addiction to prescription painkillers, which he was taking to cope with the pain from hepatitis C.

These celebrities should just keep quiet about rehab and go about their business afterwards. They don’t have to give bogus excuses. Maybe they consider it insurance in case they fall off the wagon. Getting drunk at a club is no longer a bigdeal after rehab, since they already gave the excuse that they were there for the great food and seclusion.

In related news, Kirsten Dunst was said to have been “wobbly” after being out at a bar in NY last weekend.

Steven Tyler is shown at a MusiCares benefit on 5/9/08, thanks to WENN.

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  1. Devilgirl says:

    People may go to rehab after foot surgery at a physical therapy facility, not at a drug rehab facility. Maybe he needed to be in an environment where he wouldn’t be tempted to resort to a host of painkillers to deal with the pain from his surgery. To say that he went just so the phone and people wouldn’t bother him is ridiculous. He could have flown to the Maldives to do that. Just say what it was really about “I thought that I might use pain killers to get through the pain and become addicted to them, so I went to a facility where I would get the help necessary to stay off of them and recouperate!” Why lie and say it was to avoid the phone and people? STUPID! โ“

  2. elisha says:

    Rehab for foot surgery my, uh, foot.

  3. geronimo says:

    WTF?? Why on earth would someone like Tyler lie about going to rehab? This is all in a day’s work for him. Not even a badge of honour. Who’d care? Who’d be surprised? This is just insane.

    If he wanted peace and quiet, could he not have just stayed at home in his own house? ๐Ÿ™„

  4. headache says:

    Sounds like he went to use his scripts in an environment that would help keep him from going down tha path of addiction again.

  5. Jody says:

    He went to rehab for his foot like guys buy Playboy for the articles.

  6. geronimo says:

    @headache – Well if that’s the case, then fine, sensible course of action. But just own it, for God’s sake! No one will think any less of him for taking care of things. Alternatively keep it completely private so it’s not an issue either way.

  7. Trillion says:

    He’s resembling Kojo these days…

  8. Jody says:

    too true Trillion

  9. Frenchie says:

    foot surgery or major plastic surgery ??

  10. vdantev says:

    It is entirely plausible, as they are reasonably private. You can actually walk down a hall without a pap sticking a camera in your face every 20 feet. You can actually rest there.

    I watched this program about the human body on the National Geographic channel and they used him as an example of the high extreme a person’s vocal cords can go through. During an average night’s concert, he puts his voice through what would be 5 years worth of stress for a typical person.

  11. Predatory Cougar says:

    Shoot, I thought it was Angelina Jolie for a minute.

  12. kate says:

    maybe his foot is addicted to painkillers!

  13. The Opinionator says:

    #4 has it right. He needs to take painkillers for the foot injury and surgery and wants to avoid an addition issue. Therefore a controlled environment is what he needs.

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