Richie Sambora Knows Drug Classes are Important in Fighting Addiction

by: Mike Miller

Whether or not you believe celebrities should be a role model, you will have to admit that it is better when they model good behavior rather than bad, right? I am a devout fan of the band Bon Jovi. Of course the lead singer is Jon Bongiovi. His partner up front is Richie Sambora.

Sambora not only understands addiction issues but uses his celebrity to help fight them. As reported in

Sports fans might know Sambora best as he and Bongiovi are co-owners of an Arena Football League team – the Philadelphia Soul. Others may know him because he was married to Hollywood hottie Heather Locklear. He currently lives in Laguna Beach, California.

Sambora’s Battle With Addiction

In June, 2007 Sambora entered rehab for the first time – for alcoholism. In the Bon Jovi documentary "When We Were Beautiful", Sambora talks candidly about his addiction to painkillers following a slip in his bathroom. He credited his bandmates and mother with helping him through the difficult time.

In April, 2011, Sambora entered rehab again following a DUI offense. Now clean and sober he is doing what he can to help others.

His new song aims to shed light on the serious issue of addiction. “Lighthouse,” by Sambora is specifically geared to raise awareness about drug abuse and to provide some hope to those dealing with addiction.

His motivation for doing “Lighthouse” was to do something optimistic, a beacon of light and hope. He said, “Everyone needs that light when they’re far off the shore.”

Sambora is committed to the cause of helping others defeat their addiction. He is dedicated to continuing to lend his support to anti-drug initiatives in the area. It is always nice to see someone doing something to help others.