In Australia, almost half the population (43%) have illicitly used a drug in their lifetime. That’s something that Sammm. recognises, knowing that his past experiences with substance abuse are something that listeners can relate to. In his new clip for ‘Four Eyes’, Samuel Geddes shares a documentary-like recount of his struggle, overcoming the universal tendency to keep the darker parts of our lives a secret.
“‘Four Eyes’ is a retrospective piece about growth”, Geddes explains. “All of my music stems from very personal struggles, but I’ve never made a video that connects so heavily to my own story. My story isn’t unique, but I’m grateful for the way I’ve been able to reach out about it.” It hasn’t always been this way, with Geddes describing himself as having lived a “double life” for some time while he concealed his addiction. “I was at war with what was going on inside”, he adds in the clip. “Writing music helps me create little reminders for myself, to not step back into the darkness.”
Geddes is candid about his story, where substance dependency began for him at the age of 16. From the apartment where he turned 21 to the Biala Centre in Brisbane, a drug and alcohol dependence treatment service, the video spans over the spaces that Geddes occupied during the best and worst of times.
It’s an emotional journey for any viewer, but also a warning that though everything may seem fine, we never really know what’s going on with those around us. The story doesn’t always end with getting better, and the people in our lives may be hiding their behaviours until it’s too late. If you or someone you know is struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, please seek help at the links below.
NATIONAL ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG HOTLINE: 1800 250 015 | LIFELINE: 13 11 14 | SUPPORT ACT: 1800 959 500 | KIDS HELPLINE: 1800 55 1800 | FAMILY DRUG SUPPORT AUSTRALIA: 1300 368 186 | HEADSPACE | REACHOUT