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Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi Guitarist, Anti-Drug Song “Lighthouse” Debuts

The guitarist for Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, shared his past with drug abuse at the Ocean County Drug Overdose Forum at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, New Jersey last Tuesday. Sambora helped break the stigma of addiction by sharing his own recovery from drug addiction at the anti-drug event. The event was geared towards raising awareness about the epidemic of heroin and prescription pain killer addiction in the United States.

Anti-Drug Abuse Awareness

Sambora wrote an anti-drug song called “Lighthouse,” which is basically the hope that every addicts desperately wants; it’s the guiding light out of addiction and into recovery.  Sambora, originally from New Jersey, shared his struggles with drugs and how he is clean today.

Originally Sambora wanted to title the song “Needles On The Shore” but then decided to go with “Lighthouse” because he wanted to offer hope and not more despair. “Everyone needs that light when they’re far off the shore,” said Sambora.

The anti-drug and substance abuse awareness event was held at a local Jersey Shore high school that packed more than 4,000 students (with an additional 1,000 viewing from video monitors from other rooms). The powerful message that he shared was more than just through an anti-drug song from his past, he also expressed a very relevant and present fear he carries – the fear of his own 16-year-old daughter getting wrapped up in drugs.

Sambora stated, “I’m scared… But we can’t be scared silent. Together we can make a difference because this epidemic has to stop.”

The new song “Lighthouse” will be sold on iTunes. Proceeds from the song will go towards a new drug rehab center intended for the state.

With more and more celebrities coming out about their past drug abuse problems and their present recovery, the stigma of addiction is slowly starting to disappear. Rich Sambora is just one of many celebrities that are also starting or backing anti-drug campaigns in order to help not only prevent future drug addicts, but treat those who  are struggling with drug abuse now.

Recovery should be a reality for every drug or alcohol abuser out there. Most addicts and alcoholics don’t know there is actually help available and they can get treated for their illness. If you are struggling with drugs or alcohol and you need help, contact us now. Here at The Watershed we have treated thousands upon thousands for drug abuse and alcoholism, and we would like to help you heal too. Call now at 1-800-439-5959 to learn more about our services.

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