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Vocalist Steven Tyler (L) and guitarist Joe Perry (R) of Aerosmith perform during their “Aerosmith: Let Rock Rule” tour at The Forum in Inglewood, California July 30, 2014. Reuters/ Mario Anzuoni

Steven Tyler is opening up about the rocky moments in his struggle with addiction that ultimately led to his sobriety. In a new interview with Haute Living published on Monday, the Aerosmith lead singer, 71, reflected on the band’s heyday in the 1980s — and the tumultuous conflicts that came with it — as they now take on their Las Vegas residency in true rockstar fashion.

Tyler recalled one turning point in particular that came in 1988, when the people closest to him urged him to seek help for his drug addiction.

“There was a moment in ’88 where management and the band pulled an intervention on me. They thought, ‘Get the lead singer sober, and all our problems would be over,’” he told the outlet. “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 added: “But today, because of that moment … I am grateful and owe a thanks to them for my sobriety.”
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Tyler previously told PEOPLE that charitable ventures had always been his goal until drug abuse took over his life decades ago.

“I think this is what I was born to do,” Tyler said of helping others with his foundation. “Then the ’80s came and I fell to my knees with my addictions.”

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