But he insists everyone was fully supportive while he attended to his drink and drug problems.
And he says everyone in Bon Jovi knows that frontman Jon is the boss.
Sambora answers the tough questions in Classic Rock Magazine No.176, on sale now.
Classic Rock No.176
Asked whether his co-songwriter came to see him in rehab last year, the guitarist admits: “No. But everybody was very supportive – my band, my family, my kid. It was like, ‘Hey, go get better, man. Do what you gotta do.’
“Everybody in that band knows their role – and nobody’s bitchin’ about it. If we did we’d be an asshole.
“That band has been amazing for me. Everybody still gets along. It’s an anomaly, really – come on, how many bands on the planet have done what we’ve done? The longevity amazes me.
“Here’s the thing: spirituality, for me, is not taking things for granted. Every night when I walk on that stage and there are people there to see us, I’m a happy dude.” READ MORE