After decades of drug and alcohol abuse, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is now using music to help others in their recovery.
The now clean and sober musician debuted a new song this week called “Lighthouse,” which addresses the growing heroin epidemic in his home state of New Jersey. Sambora recently performed the track in front of 3,000 people at a drug forum in Toms River, NJ. The song will soon be available on iTunes and all the proceeds will go to a local rehab facility.
“People get to a point where they get overwhelmed and they drown in their doubt. That’s when they’re most vulnerable and that’s where you let your faith shine like a lighthouse.”-Richie SamboraHe initially wanted to call the track “Needles on the Shore,” but opted instead for something optimistic. It contains lyrics like, “Those who matter don’t judge/ When you’re swimming with the tide in the wake of a flood.” Sambora said on stage that “people get to a point where they get overwhelmed and they drown in their doubt. That’s when they’re most vulnerable and that’s where you let your faith shine like a lighthouse. I want to do something optimistic that was a beacon of light, a beacon of hope. Everyone needs that lighthouse when they’re that far off in the Jersey Shore.”
Although Sambora has never had a heroin problem, he has “first-hand” experience with the issue. He revealed that “nine or 10 guys” he has played in bands with have died from heroin overdoses. Sambora has also struggled with his own addiction issues. The guitarist has been in rehab at least three times, most recently in 2011 for alcoholism. Tensions last year between him and his fellow band mates led to rumors he was drinking again, but Sambora insists that he has remained sober since his last rehab stint. He credited his 15-year-old daughter Ava with being the catalyst for change.
He revealed that “nine or 10 guys” he has played in bands with have died from heroin overdoses.-Richie Sambora
Although his future in Bon Jovi remains up in the air, Sambora hinted that his appearance at the drug forum could mean he will be doing more philanthropic work related to addiction. He said that he’s “pretty hell-bent on making sure that no matter what happens with this band, that I will be able to have a career and enjoy myself and pursue my passion.”
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