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Steven Tyler explained how it wasn’t easy to accept help for substance abuse back in the day.
Aerosmith is being honored next year by MusiCares, the Grammy-related organization that assists musicians in times of financial, medical, and personal need. Tyler described his own personal account of how difficult it was to want and receive help in the drug-fueled days from ’72 and ’79.
“There were no such things as rehabs; there were mental institutions,” Tyler said. “I went away in ’84 and ’86, and I didn’t really get it. The early ’80s were terrible, and drugs took us down. I was the first one to get treatment.”
“So, I got sober, and you know it took me many years to get over the anger of them sending me to rehab while they went on vacation,” he continued. “But today because of that moment … I am grateful and owe a thanks to them for my sobriety.”
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