Jacquie Lambie has a big reason to celebrate today

Tasmanian senator Jacquie Lambie has shared some heartwarming news, revealing her son Dylan has finally overcome his debilitating ice addiction
The Tasmanian senator has shared some heartwarming news.

Tasmanian senator Jacquie Lambie has shared some heartwarming news, revealing her son Dylan has finally overcome his debilitating ice addiction after a stint in rehab.

In 2015, Jacquie famously ousted her son in an emotional speech in parliament, telling the entire country her family’s biggest secret.

“I am a senator of Australia and I have a 21-year-old son that has a problem with ice, and yet even with my title I have no control over my son,” she said at the time.

“I can’t involuntarily detox my own son, because I am not talking to my son any more, I’m talking to a drug. And I can tell you, I’m not the only parent out there. There is [sic] thousands of us.”

While she hoped her brave speech would raise awareness and help other families out there, Dylan has said he was incredibly hurt by it and it only caused even more friction between them.

Now though, the mother and son have appeared on The Project and given a warts-and-all story about what they’ve been through.

“Sometimes I’d be on it [ice] for a couple of weeks straight and not sleep for eight days,” Dylan admitted.

While politicians have hid issues like this is the past from the public eye, Jacquie says it’s important to talk about it.

“It got to the point that I was so concerned that either A, the police were going to be knocking on the door saying my son was dead, or B, someone else had been hurt because of his actions,” she said.

While many baby boomers will understand the stress of having a strained relationship with their kids, Dylan’s addiction only made things worse.

He said that while he was furious with mum for ousting him at first, he now realises he wouldn’t be where he is today without her.

“It’s always going to be a battle and it’s always going to be there and fighting it every day,” he said.

Like most parents, Jacuqie said she would have done anything to help her son get healthy again and pull him out of the darkness.

“There was never any doubt in my mind whatsoever that the friendship, and the mother and son thing, is much bigger than the drug itself,” Jacquie said.

“The sky’s the limit for Dylan; he’s doing really, really well. And certainly I’m here and if there’s anything I can help him with to open those doors then I’ll do that.”

Are you happy to hear this news? Have you ever been through anything similar with your children?

  1. Faye Paull  

    That’s wonderful news. Ice is a very nasty drug indeed.

    • Glenys  

      Thank you Jacki for your honesty with this story. So glad that your son Dylan is doing well now. Can you tell us what rehab centre / program he went through ?

  2. Margaret Cook  

    A Mother’s love and belief in your son is enormous. You also showed the “internal fortitude ” to seek public support and not pretend you’re above anything. This trouble is effecting one and all, so as this is ongoing, he is a wonderful young man to have been through rehab, now the hard part, stay on track. WIth your Mums genes that will help you, she must be soooooo proud, I would be I know. Mother of 3 young adults.

  3. Dianne Evans  

    So many people face these problems and it is good when they are out there not hidden away.

  4. Mary Oliver  

    Good for you Jacque and good luck to your son.

  5. Geoff  

    Jacquie Lambie,

    I wish you and Dylan the very best.

    ICE is the most insidious and dangerous drug on the streets because (quite apart from the physiological damage it does) ICE removes all clarity, logic, reason and control from the user and pushes them to psychosis, aggression, confrontation and violence. Jacquie is right you are not talking to a person you are talking to a drug.

  6. Glenys  

    How happy you must be feeling congratulations to you both .

  7. Jane  

    Congratulations to you both…. you must be so proud and happy

  8. I certainly wish you and your son a happy and healthy New Life, it takes great courage to give up drugs, my best wishes to yo.

  9. lynne brown  

    Congratulations to you both. I have watched TV shows on drug problems and find them heartbreaking (for all concerned). I wish you the best and Dylan, you look very well in the photo with your Mum.

  10. Lesley  

    Congratulations to you both, keep up the great work x

  11. David Koppman  

    Great to hear well done Dylan,that’s why we love our mums.

  12. linus  

    Some one with an addiction is not going to agree to many things. Tough love is so hard but it has to be done.. Congratulations to you both

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