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Aerosmith drummer to give presentation on overcoming substance abuse at JCC

WATERTOWN – The Jefferson Community College Student Activities Center will sponsor a lecture on "Overcoming Substance Abuse," by Joey Kramer, drummer and a founding member of the rock band Aerosmith, at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Robert R. and Jean S. Sturtz Theater on campus.

The presentation is free of charge and open to the public.

Kramer will share his personal story about his struggle with substance abuse and how he overcame it. While Kramer's career was reaching success, his personal life was hitting rock bottom.

Growing up in a physically and emotionally abusive home, Kramer suffered from depression and anxiety, often turning to drugs and alcohol to dull the pain. In 1997, after the death of his father, Kramer suffered a nervous breakdown and realized he needed to seek professional help.

His lecture, peppered with Aerosmith stories, reveals the true man behind the drums and emphasizes the act of seeking professional support as a sign of strength.

Kramer's autobiography, “Hit Hard, A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top,” was published in 2009. A book signing will take place in Sturtz Theater lobby immediately following his lecture.

For more information about the presentation, call the JCC Student Activities Center at 786-2431.


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