Jodie Sweetin may be better known as Stephanie Tanner from the beloved series Full House. In the show, she played a sweet, but feisty young girl and the middle sister in the Tanner clan. But Sweetin’s real, adult life has been anything but perfect.
Sweetin, who once found herself as a drug and alcohol addict, has since turned her life around and has become an inspiration for Full House fans everywhere, especially those who have struggled with their own addictions.
In 2009, she first came clean about her meth and alcohol addiction in the book UnSweetined. In the book, Sweetin talks about first getting drunk at Full House co-star, Candace Cameron Bure’s wedding.
According to Fashion Style, Sweetin says, “I probably had two bottles of wine, and I was only 14. That first drink gave me the self-confidence I had been searching for my whole life. But that set the pattern of the kind of drinking that I would do.”
The startling admission not only shines light on Sweetin’s own personal addictions with alcohol and crystal meth, but it also shines light on the fact that alcohol was served in excess to a minor at Bure’s wedding. Bure has been vocal in recent years about being a conservative Christian. Bure’s stark conservative beliefs and this new information about Sweetin’s alcohol consumption at her wedding has put the actress under scrutiny.
Regardless of popular opinion, both Sweetin and Bure will once again co-star as the Tanner sisters in the upcoming Netflix mini-series and Full House spinoff, Fuller House. Fuller House will premiere on Netflix on Friday, February 26, 2016 and fans are eagerly awaiting.
Sweetin is approaching five years sobriety and has become an inspiration for Full House fans who also struggle with addiction.
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Jodie Sweetin said, “I will have five years [of sobriety] in March. It’s given me a lot of gratitude. I speak about my experience growing up in the entertainment business, what my life was like after, some of the struggles and things I went through and where my life is today. t’s a story with a message of second chances and turning things around and being able to overcome some adversity.”
Over the years, Sweetin has been candid about her struggles with addiction and how she came to try meth to begin with. In an interview with People Magazine in 2008, she discussed her battles with addiction. She said she took a break from acting around the age of 22. She was married to an LAPD officer when she first tried the drug, and six months later she was completely hooked. Sweetin began her road to recovery in 2005 when she ended up in the hospital after a night of heavy partying.
With her drug and alcohol problems seemingly behind her, Jodie Sweetin and the rest of the Full House cast (sans the Olsen sisters) are the talk of fans everywhere as the world eagerly awaits the Tanner reunion this February.
Until then, Full House fans can tide themselves over with the official Fuller House teaser trailer, complete with a touching soundtrack.
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