Former Guns N’ Roses Drummer Steven Adler on Return to Rehab: ‘I Picked Up a Bottle and Drank’
On May 2, former Guns N' Roses and current Adler drummer Steven Adler admitted himself back into rehab for undisclosed substance abuse. The band Adler was forced to postpone its summer tour dates due to the drummer's return to rehab, and Adler himself has just written an official statement detailing exactly why he needed to go back again.
Steven Adler has been battling substance abuse issues for over two decades. The drummer's demons have haunted him in many ways, most notably leading to his eviction from Guns N' Roses in 1990. His substance abuse has led him to seek treatment multiple times, even making appearances on VH1 programs 'Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew' and 'Sober House.'
Steven Adler revealed the following statement on his official blog:
I picked up a bottle and drank. This occurred a few times and that is a few times too many. I knew that this had to permanently stop. That is the moment I picked up the phone, before it got out of hand, to get help. I had kicked hard drugs several years ago and now it is time to get rid of the urges of drinking alcohol. I am at a great facility and will stay here until I am comfortable to be home to work the program on my own. I love you all for understanding, being patient and supporting my decision. Like my peers, I will beat this too, so I can return to music and beat my drums!
Stay tuned for more updates on Steven Adler's condition and the rescheduled dates for Adler's cancelled tour. Good luck, Steven. We're all rooting for you.