Richards, 69, said he doesn't believe the years of substance abuse have had a negative effect on his career. In fact, he believes it benefited his career.
"I've taken a lot more out of alcohol than it's ever taken out of me," he said. "And I kind of feel the same way about the dope and stuff. I got something out of it."
But the rocker said drugs are a thing of the past.
The magazine's July issue hits the stands Friday.