Jason Biddle Releases New Single “Come On In” After Surviving Overdose and Overcoming Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol
Christian singer Jason Biddle, who premiered his first official single, “Come On In,” said only God could help him out of his physical and mental addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Biddle’s life journey is one of battling addiction and, after nearly dying of an overdose, finding redemption and healing. He testifies about his life-changing journey through his music.
The former star baseball player, who tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, began a career as a contractor after an injury. He became addicted to alcohol and drugs and knew he couldn’t overcome it without God’s help — even if that meant suffering consequences.
“When I prayed, I asked for consequences. I knew it was the only thing that would get me to stop,” Biddle told The Christian Post.
God answered. Biddle nearly died of an overdose in 2017 while he was with his children.
He received therapy at a Christian treatment center and while there, he realized that the addiction was just a “symptom” of a larger problem in his life.
When he finally surrendered to Christ, that’s when healing began both within himself and in his family. Biddle, who grew up in the Christian faith, is now making music and has since collaborated with some of Nashville’s most sought-after writers.
The following is an edited transcript of CP’s interview with Biddle, who talked about the sin of idols, how his relationship with Jesus Christ saved him and his family from addiction, and how his music is impacting others through his testimony.
Christian Post: How did growing up as a Christian play a role in your life even when things were spiraling out of control?
Biddle: Growing up in a Christian family and going to church at such a young age definitely planted seeds of hope and faith that would later come to fruition. But as I grew older and became more independent, God became irrelevant to me. I thought I controlled my own destiny. My pride told me that I was “self-made” and a maker of my own outcomes, no matter what. It wasn’t until age 26, in a moment of desperation, that I asked God for help. His immediate help started the progressive transition into my further understanding and belief that God is real.
I asked Christ into my life at 31 and grew spiritually for the next eight years, until my shoulder surgery sent me back into the addiction I thought I had conquered. That period of growth in Christ was the reason I knew that He was the only One that could help me out of this physical and mental addiction to drugs and alcohol. It was in another moment of desperation that I remembered God helping me before, and I knew He would help me again. When I prayed, I asked for consequences. I knew it was the only thing that would get me to stop. Within two weeks I overdosed and had a seizure.
CP: You say that early success led to alcohol and drug abuse; what led to that?
Biddle: I now know that the alcohol and drugs were just symptoms of a larger, underlying problem. I made pride, control, money and impressing others the most important things in my life. They became idols that I was unknowingly worshiping. God created us to worship. He also gave us free will. So if we are not worshiping God, we will worship something else. That something else will always let us down. For me, when someone was better at something than I was, my pride and ego were threatened. If a major job fell through that I was counting on, my control was threatened. When those idols let me down, a drink or a drug would fill that void until a chemical dependency was inevitable.
CP: What could someone do to avoid falling into addiction?
Biddle: I think there is a serious moral inventory that people need to take for themselves. Some need to do that with another individual for accountability. We need to look at what it is that we hold closest to our hearts. What do we cherish the most in life? There’s an addiction for all of us just waiting to show its ugly face at any time. Addiction doesn’t have to be drugs and alcohol. It can be porn, gambling, electronics, work, shopping, possessions, etc. Even your own children can be an addiction. Again, I think those addictions are all symptoms of an idol that is not fulfilling or satisfying us. God has to be first and foremost.
CP: You nearly died from an overdose and that changed everything for you. Can you explain what took place following that?