20 Years After Kicking the Habit, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Admits Rehab was for Painkillers

Aerosmith performing at the NFL Kickoff in Washington, DC on September 4, 2003

NEW YORK — In a brief interview in New York on Friday, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler tells the Associated Press that his trip to rehab in May was for dependency on narcotic painkillers and sleep medication. Tyler famously kicked “hard drugs” in the mid 80’s—a feat credited for the renewed success of Aerosmith.

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