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Richie Sambora details past in new anti-drug song

Richie Sambora details past in new anti-drug song

JUST SAY NO:Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora performs a new song, "Lighthouse" at an anti-drug forum in Toms River N.J. on May 27. The song will raise money for a drug treatment center in New Jersey. Photo: Associated Press/Wayne Parry

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora debuted a new song detailing his past substance abuse issues at an anti-drug rally for youngsters in his native New Jersey this week.

Sambora has a long history of substance abuse, entering rehab facilities in both 2007 and 2011 to battle his addictions, before finally getting sober.

He drew on his past troubles during an anti-drug forum at a high school on Tuesday by debuting a song called “Lighthouse,” which he hopes will give listeners strength to fight their demons.

He tells reporters, “I wanted to do something optimistic, a beacon of light and hope. Everyone needs that light when they’re far off the shore.”

The rally, which was attended by around 5,000 youngsters and parents, was held to raise awareness about the abuse of heroin and prescription medication in the Jersey Shore region.

Sambora, who is father to a teenage daughter, addressed the fellow parents in the crowd, saying, “I’m mostly here as the father of a 16-year-old girl. I’m scared… But we can’t be scared silent. Together we can make a difference because this epidemic has to stop.”

Proceeds from Lighthouse’s sales will help fund a drug treatment facility planned for the area.

The musician is father to 16-year-old Ava, whose mother is actress Heather Locklear. (HW/WNWCBB&AP/LR

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