Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp remembered Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler reaching out to him to discuss recovery from addiction in a new Jasta Show interview.
“I remember a guy I met, I don’t think it was a guy I met, I think it was Steven Tyler who told me this. I was in rehab, and he was talking to me on the phone, just trying to encourage me, and share his story: ‘Dude, I know how you’re feeling right now, I know where you’re at.’
Probably about a year later we talked again. I was like, ‘When does it start to feel normal again? I’ve got a year now bro, and it’s still not feeling normal.’ He’s like, ‘Dude, for me, it took about two and a half years.’ I’m finding that I’m just now starting to get my legs again.
I don’t know what Foo Fighters song it is, but the lyrics are: ‘I’m learning to walk again.’ That’s really what it is man, but it’s at such a deeper level, because it’s learning how to experience life, social interaction, dealing with emotions and feelings that you had numbed for so many years.
Dude, I remember I went through a period of like 6 months, where everything that I had ever done wrong in my past, every relationship that had gone sour because of my drinking and drug use, all of a sudden for this 6 month period, I felt all of this pain of that loss. I’m like, ‘Why is this happening to me man? This is 10 years ago, 15 years ago.’
It’s because I never dealt with it, so I had to feel it. It wasn’t fun man, it didn’t feel good man. if I didn’t have a support system, if I didn’t have my wife, my kids, my recovery program, my sponsor and what not, I don’t know how that would have turned out man. I think my faith in God too.”