Rescued Chilean Miner Heads to Rehab for Alcohol Addiction

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Chilean miner Edison Pena (center) leaves the Fenix capsule after being brought to the surface on October 13, 2010.

One of the 33 Chilean miners, who survived a ten-week underground ordeal that captured international attention and inspired a media frenzy, is being treated for alcohol addiction.

Edison Pena is one of the more famous survivors, known not only for his miraculous rescue, but also for his Elvis Presley impersonations and appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. He even crossed the New York City Marathon’s finish line—less than a month after emerging from the mine. (Click here to view Pena’s personal photos while trapped underground.)

(LIST: The 33 Rescued Chilean Miners: Who Are They?)

In August 2010, a San Jose copper-gold mine in northern Chile caved in, burying 33 men at approximately 2,300 feet underground. On October 13, 2010, 69 days after the collapse, all the miners emerged from a custom-built capsule designed by NASA engineers and the Chilean navy. The 35-year-old Pena was the 12th miner to surface.

Pena also suffers from “fame disorder,” his wife, Angelica Alvarez, told Chilean newspaper El Mercurio. The miners, though treated as national heroes and celebrities of sorts, all reportedly suffer from post-traumatic stress.

As for Pena’s latest development, Alvarez says her husband is “in good hands.”

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Kai Ma is a TIME contributor. Find her on Twitter at @Kai_Ma or on Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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