How God Gave Hope and a New Life to an Addict

I have been driving around with a big “I AM” sign on the back window of my truck ever since my adult son died of an accidental drug overdose in 2016. When people ask me what is “I AM” I tell them it is a website full of videos of famous and not-so-famous people who sit in a white chair and share how their life became better when they became second and made Jesus #1 in their life. Out of all the videos on the site I wish the video story below would have happened to my son, but it didn’t and he’s gone to be with Jesus now, but there is hope in Jesus for those who are struggling. It’s easy to see addiction as a character defect instead of the disease that it is. We tried to get our son into Teen Challenge but he thought he didn’t need that. He checked himself out of a treatment center thinking he’d be fine then relapsed and it killed him leaving a devastated family including a young son behind. Anyway, here is the video that I value the most on


“Most people say, ‘Drugs are your problem, stop them.’ But for a dope fiend like myself, drugs are a solution. You take away those drugs, and now we got problems.”

That was Jordan Rogers’ life. At 15 he tried heroin for the first time; by his early 20s he had become a raging heroin addict, shooting dope in cheap motel rooms and flirting with death. In fact, his addiction was so bad other heroin addicts didn’t even want to be with him for fear that he would overdose and they’d be forced to bring him to the hospital and expose themselves.

“When you’ve got heroin addicts telling you that they’re afraid to hang out with you, you might have issues,” he says. “I thought about death often.”

Treatment centers were a joke to him. He thought he was smarter than all those offering hope. That’s when the police showed up at rehab, putting him in cuffs and carting him off to jail. What he saw in his holding cell brought him to rock bottom: Two men arguing over a roll of toilet paper, one wanted to use it as a pillow and the other wanted to use it to go to the bathroom.

“At that moment I thought, ‘This is not what I’m made for. I absolutely deserve to be here, but I don’t belong here.’”

He knew he would end up there again unless something changed drastically. And that’s when he finally called out for help. The journey he would start that day would lead him to some of the most beautiful places on earth and an incredible job with Nike.


Listen to a longer more detailed interview from Sports Spectrum