Maybe bottoming out caused his conversion experience
In my experience it does. I ASSuME you've never tried a 12 step program before. One of the first things they drill into you is that you must "come to believe that a Power greater than [your]sel[f] [can] restore [you] to sanity." If you've been through any form of recovery that's something that you see happen quite often. People flipping out and believing the big man in the sky is going to stop them from doing something only they can control.