Jacqui Lambie's son, Dylan, has revealed what he thought about his mother's senate speech outing him as an drug addict.
The 21-year-old has now recovered from an ice addiction and reunited with his mother, after spending 12 months in a Teen Challenge rehabilitation facility. But 18 months ago, he was furious with her.
"I just said 'what are you doing?' It is my own personal life. Now it is out there," Dylan told The Project on Monday night of Lambie's impassioned speech.
"Mum just sort of hung up the phone."
Lambie laughed at the recollection on the television program, but when the Independent Tasmanian senator delivered that speech in August 2015, it was no laughing matter. After watching her son's long battle with an array of illicit substances, the Tasmanian senator eventually kicked Dylan out of home.
"It got to the point where I was so concerned that either A) the police were going to be knocking at my door saying my son was dead or B) someone else had been hurt because of his actions," Lambie told The Project.
Dylan, who had been taking ice since age 17, hit rock bottom.
"I was breaking into people's houses and doing stuff like that, just to support my habit. That was my turning point," Dylan said.
"I thought 'I am over it. I have no money. Nowhere else to go. My relationships with family and friends have broken.'"
So he went into rehab.
After completing the 12-month rehabilitation, Dylan and his mother have become close again and recently travelled to Vietnam together for Christmas.
"Before I didn't have any dreams, because I was so focused on drugs. Now I have finished the program, the world is my oyster again," Dylan told The Project.
But Lambie says she never doubted that the self-described "best mates" would repair their relationship.
"I think the friendship and the mother and son thing is much bigger than the drug itself," Lambie said.
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