A Tasmanian man who gave himself two black eyes after bashing his head against a wall during an alcohol-fuelled rampage has issued a grim warning to kids of Australia after his life spiralled out of control.
Battered and bruised Jeremy Slattery, 32, shared an honest account about his troubled life of drugs and alcohol addiction in an interview with Sydney-based YouTube star Jamie Zhu for an online documentary.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Jeremy, who was dubbed an eshay by viewers, has shared a stark warning to youths who may be following a similar destructive path.
‘Stay in school and don’t use drugs. You might think it’s cool now but in five years you might just have a needle in your arm,’ he began.
‘You don’t want to be my age and entering detox for the eighth time.’
Jeremy Slattery says he is feeling hopeful about his future ahead of his eighth stint in detox
The father-of-one, who lives in Sandy Bay, Hobart, said he’s now waiting for a place in a detox facility to tackle his substance abuse issues once and for all.
‘I’m feeling hopeful,’ he said.
‘I’m going to detox not only for myself and my family, but for the hundreds of people that want to see me do well.’
Vowing to turn his life around, he has now launched a GoFundMe in a bid to purchase a car so that he can see his seven-year-old son who lives 320km away in the northern Tasmanian town of Burnie.
‘One thing I have managed to hold onto all these years is my licence and buying a car means I can begin mediation appointments to see my son,’ Jeremy said.
‘Life is heading in the right direction, I’m working with a drug and alcohol counsellor and I have a safe support network.’
Jeremy’s life spiralled out of control at age 17 when he was an apprentice mechanic and his drinking – including binges on his lunch break and after work each night – turned him into an alcoholic.
Sporting two black eyes, Jeremy explained his injuries were self-inflicted after spending the night in a police cell several days earlier
Jeremy (right) had an idyllic childhood growing up in the Tasmanian bush
He began using crystal methamphetamine – better known as the drug ice – and ended up on the streets of Hobart.
‘I was brought up proper, I had a typical pleasant childhood growing up in the bush, but for whatever reasons I made poor choices along the way,’ he said.
Jeremy became visibly emotional and full of regret during his interview with Zhu when asked what advice he had for his younger self.
‘Stay, do better at school. I wish I could go back to school, you know?
‘… stop effing around and making your life harder in the future for you.
‘Listen to your father and listen to the advice he gave you.’
Jeremy said the only thing keeping him alive is the hope he will one day reconnect with his son
Jeremy (pictured right), bruised and battered with bloodshot eyes, was interviewed by YouTube star Jamie Zhu (pictured right) for a documentary on life in Tasmania
Jeremy explained his black eyes were self-inflicted after spending the night in a police cell several days earlier.
He had been arrested for ‘apparently assaulting a police officer’.
‘I was heavily intoxicated and thought it was a good idea to bash my head against a wall,’ he said.
‘I got stripped naked. I was left in the cell with nothing, so in protest I started to smash my head against the wall.’
The video has struck a chord with many people who were touched by his vulnerability, and flocked to his Facebook page to offer their support.
‘Saw your vid too Jeremy. You seem intelligent and a genuine dude man. I really hope you pull through and connect to your dad’s advice and what he wanted for you.’ one commenter wrote, adding.
‘You can be a living example to show your son that anything can be accomplished in this life if you really want it; let your son drive you mate. Don’t give up.’