Rocker Steven Tyler is grateful for rehab clinics and Alcoholics Anonymous groups because when he first started seeking help for his drug problems, he found himself sitting next to the mentally handicapped.

During a recent address to a group of Maui Drug Court graduates in Hawaii, the Aerosmith frontman urged the recovering addicts to seek out Aa meetings and stick to their schedules in a bid to stay sober and clean.

He said, "I'm telling you all my truth. I am a drug addict and alcoholic, and fighting it every day. I had it all; I didn't care. I hurt my family and my children and my friends.

"If it wasn't for Aa, I would have nothing. If you stop going to Aa meetings, you're going to wind up using again. I express my joy all because of Aa."

And the 66 year old explained the graduates before him had a much easier path ahead of them than he did when he started getting sober - because there weren't many controlled rehab facilities at the time.

He added, "They weren't rehabs, they were mental institutions. People that sat next to me had dribble bibs."