Jon Bon Jovi has had some time to think about his daughter Stephanie Bongiovi's heroin overdose.
And though he may be thankful that the experience wasn't worse, the actual phone call was still pure horror. He says:
"It was horrible, a horrible moment. It was my worst moment as a father…
The first thing she said, I’m all right but then she said this is what happened. You wake up, you shake it off and put your shoes on and say OK, I am on the way home."
We can't even imagine how that must have felt! So scary!
Luckily for JBJ, Stephanie came out the other side, giving the family a glimpse of this massive unspoken problem without permanent consequences. Jon says:
"We went through something that a lot of parents do, many more than I thought. Many more people who have been in my life that I had no idea they had been through it with their own children at one point or another.
There’s a lot of pressure on this generation. They have a lot easier access to things than yours or my generation had.
She was by no means sticking needles in her arms. But there’s a lot of synthetic stuff in the world and a lot of temptation and access and pressures that just a generation ago you and I didn’t know about.
I wasn’t aware of it, not because I’m not home but because it is a different world. Our world is far more relatable to our parents’ world than the kids’ world.
There’s many more pressures on kids – what is this college degree going to do for me, what am I going to be when I grow up, will I be able to accomplish things?
I feel it was a terrible tragic lesson of life but I thank God every day because she is whole. It happened and it has gone. I know personally people whose sons and daughters, where it was a lot, lot worse. That could have been Stephanie."
We're glad to hear Jon is speaking out, getting the message to parents so they don't have to find out about this dangerous world of drugs the way he did!
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