Steve Tyler: Another one of us opiate addicts who isn’t cured yet!
Posted Dec 23 2009 10:27pm
Had to mention that I heard that Steve Tyler went in for rehab for ‘pain pill addiction’ related to falling off a stage or some other injury… Wish I had that ‘falling off the stage’ line when Men’s Health did their story about me!
Two wrongs made a 'right'?
I keep thinking that wil all the young people dying from overdoses of opiates (Heroin or oxycodone) and all of the ‘fancy people’ who have died or been destroyed by opiate dependence, why hasn’t the issue become a national crisis? I bet that 10 times more young people died of opiate dependence in the past year than died from H1N1 virus, but which one gets all the press? Is it the shame of the victims that keeps it so quiet? I meet often with parents of children who have died from opiate overdose or suicide related to opiate addiction, and their suffering is every bit as great as the suffering faced by parents who lose children in other ways. In fact, they probably suffer more, since they have such mixed feelings about sharing the story with others. They even feel guilty for what happened– no matter how hard they tried to do everything right.
My hope is that the use of buprenorphine will allow opiate dependence to become just another chronic, potentially fatal illness. I hope that people realize the obvious– that it is not ‘cured’. That shouldn’t be a big deal, because most other medical illnesses are not cured either. We MANAGE illness. This is not Steve Tyler’s first go-round with opiates– and if he is like most addicts it won’t be his last– unless he goes on Suboxone and finds a way to just keep taking it, and to deal with all of the idiots telling him he isn’t ‘clean’ if he keeps taking it!
Mr. Tyler– good luck, dude. I love your music– all the way back to ‘Toys in the Attic’ when I was about 16 years old. I don’t know how you lived so long, but I’m glad you found a way– otherwise we would have missed out on Jamie’s Got a Gun and some other fine tunes. If you are in the decision process over how to go forward, consider taking a chronic medication– buprenorphine– for the chronic illness of opiate dependence.
Oh– I also don’t know how such a strange looking dude like you put out such a good-looking daughter… but thanks for that as well! The world can always use another good looking person. Just don’t let her mess up her lips with that nasty collagen nonsense!