Jodie Sweetin played Stephanie Tanner on the classic ‘90s sitcom “Full House,” as well as its Netflix reboot “Fuller House.” Her return was highly anticipated as a sort of comeback from her 15-year battle with alcohol and drug abuse, and here’s all about her past and her hard work to overcome it.
Sweetin was about 5 years old when “Full House” premiered in 1987, and was just a tween when the series ended. Without the role that defined her life and career, Sweetin struggled to cope with a “sense of loss,” saying “It is kind of hard to figure out who you are when you've lost your job at age 13.”
In her memoir, Sweetin said she began abusing substances, including alcohol, methamphetamine, and crack-cocaine, at age 14. She kept her struggle a secret for many years, even hiding it completely from her ex-husband, and a “rock bottom” moment in her life spurred her to seek self-improvement.
Sweetin remembers crying during a speech about her alleged sobriety: “The crowd probably thought that the memories of hitting rock bottom were too much [...] they didn't think that I was lying to them”. That moment led Sweetin to achieve true sobriety, and she found work as a substance abuse counselor in addition to acting.