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"Full House" Star Admits Meth Problem
Yahoo ^ | 2/01/06 | Sarah Hall

Posted on 02/02/2006 7:29:15 AM PST by Borges

Former Full House cutie Jodie Sweetin has earned herself a spot on the lengthy list of child stars gone wrong.

During an appearance on Good Morning America Wednesday, Sweetin, who played middle sister Stephanie Tanner on the hit sitcom, revealed that she is a recovering meth addict and once battled a daily drug habit.

The ex-actress, 24, said she had trouble figuring out how to adjust to a regular childhood existence after Full House ended its run in 1995.

"There is a certain sense of loss when a series ends," Sweetin said. "It is kind of hard to figure out who you are when you've lost your job at age 13, when that was basically how you identified yourself."

In an attempt to lead a "normal" kid's life, Sweetin attended high school and college, graduating with a degree in liberal arts. In 2002, she married a Los Angeles police officer.

Though she occasionally appeared in bit parts on TV series, including Party of Five and Yes, Dear, Sweetin's acting career essentially stalled after Full House.Two years ago, bored and unemployed, the former child star began experimenting with drugs as a way to pass the time.

She was soon addicted to methamphetamine and using the debilitating drug every day.

Though Sweetin stops short of blaming her addiction on her child star lifestyle, she concedes that her career may have stripped her of some of the benefits of a typical childhood.

"Growing up in the business you have to grow up very fast--you do have a different type of childhood, that has its benefits and it has its drawbacks," Sweetin said Wednesday.

After a particularly bad three-day bender, which reportedly resulted in an intervention staged by her former Full House costars, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, John Stamos and Bob Saget, Sweetin checked herself into Promises rehab facility for six weeks of intensive therapy.

Clean and sober since March of last year, Sweetin now admits she was "living a total double life."

"I was married to a police officer--we are going through a divorce right now--he had no idea," she said.

Since kicking her addiction, Sweetin says she now hopes to get back into acting.

"I want to make movies, TV series, wherever the career takes me," she said. "I really hope this isn't the last people hear of me. In fact, I would like to make this a footnote in my career, not the end."


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: actress; childstar; childstarsgonewrong; crystal; crystalmeth; drugabuse; drugaddiction; drugs; fullhouse; jodiesweetin; lindsay; lindsaylohan; lohan; meth; methamphetamine; wherearetheynow
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1 posted on 02/02/2006 7:29:16 AM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
Another "star" with a drug problem. Maybe it should be news if a "star" doesn't have a drug problem.
2 posted on 02/02/2006 7:32:48 AM PST by Russ
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To: Borges

Cute girl. Here's hoping she can keep this licked and move on with her life.


3 posted on 02/02/2006 7:33:04 AM PST by L98Fiero
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To: Borges

Hello 'surreal life'


4 posted on 02/02/2006 7:33:25 AM PST by jbwbubba
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To: Borges
Translation: My career has stalled. I need some free publicity. Doin' the rehab thing.

If she really wanted to stay clean, she'd move to Iowa and work in the local library. Reviving her acting career just might lead her back into trouble (I'm going out on a limb here).

5 posted on 02/02/2006 7:33:55 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Russ

How rude! (why is it that all characters in 80s sitcoms had catch-phrases?). Hey man, cut it out. You got it, dude.


6 posted on 02/02/2006 7:34:09 AM PST by Cyclopean Squid (Moderates do not make history)
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To: Borges

Bet that damn Kimmy Gibbler made her do it.


7 posted on 02/02/2006 7:34:20 AM PST by anonymous_user (62% of repondents say they lie to pollsters.)
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To: Borges
Wow, she's awfully pretty!

I hope she can get herself straightened out.

9 posted on 02/02/2006 7:34:35 AM PST by TheBigB (Chuck Norris wears George W. Bush pajamas.)
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Don't have a cow, man. ;)


10 posted on 02/02/2006 7:35:04 AM PST by TheBigB (Chuck Norris wears George W. Bush pajamas.)
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To: Borges

Was she sniffing crack too? Stay tuned...Film at 11.


11 posted on 02/02/2006 7:35:54 AM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: ClearCase_guy

Do you know how many meth labs there are in the midwest, some run by illegals? lol

ironically , she may be better off staying where she is at and confronting her issues.

Must be a bugger be an aging child 'star'.


12 posted on 02/02/2006 7:36:38 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TheBigB

Did I do that?


13 posted on 02/02/2006 7:36:51 AM PST by Cyclopean Squid (Moderates do not make history)
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To: Borges

Playing third banana to the Olson twins and Candace Cameron couldn't have been much fun.


14 posted on 02/02/2006 7:36:54 AM PST by veronica
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To: anonymous_user
Bet that damn Kimmy Gibbler made her do it.

No, it was the drummer from Jesse and the Rippers. That guy was nothing but trouble.
15 posted on 02/02/2006 7:38:12 AM PST by Cyclopean Squid (Moderates do not make history)
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To: anonymous_user

No way!

16 posted on 02/02/2006 7:39:17 AM PST by stinkerpot65
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To: Borges
Two years ago, bored and unemployed, the former child star began experimenting with drugs as a way to pass the time.

Ok...

Ya know, I've spent time being bored and unemployed, but experimenting with drugs has *never* occurred to me as a fun way to "pass the time". I guess I ain't wired right.

17 posted on 02/02/2006 7:40:50 AM PST by RosieCotton
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To: Borges
Two years ago, bored and unemployed, the former child star began experimenting with drugs as a way to pass the time.

She should get into tying flies. You can pass some serious time doing that.

18 posted on 02/02/2006 7:41:26 AM PST by krb (ad hominem arguments are for stupid people)
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To: Borges


From Her Bridal Shower With: Lori Loughlin, Mary-Kate Olsen, Jodie Sweetin (DUH!), Candace Cameron Bure, and Ashley Olsen
19 posted on 02/02/2006 7:41:52 AM PST by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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To: veronica
Playing third banana to the Olson twins and Candace Cameron couldn't have been much fun.

I guess she was the "Jan Brady" of Full House.

20 posted on 02/02/2006 7:43:53 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Cyclopean Squid

It probably started with "The Honeymooners" Ralph Cramden's "One of these days, Alice..." and "Baby, you're the greatest." But you should blame The Fonz with "Heeeyyy..." After that, they all had to have catch phrases. Jimmy "J.J." Walker's "DY-NO-MITE!" and Arnold Drummond's "What You talkin' 'bout (insert name here)."
In the movie "A MIghty Wind" Fred Willard plays a character who was a bit actor on a long forgotten '70's sitom in which his catch phrase was: "Wha' Happened?" Of course his character thought it was a national hit and would use that catch phrase whenever he could. It was hilarious.
Anyway, I hate sitcom catch phrases too. However, the trend nowadays is increasingly annoying gay characters. So, pick your poison. Personally, "24" and "Lost" tend to be the only network T.V. shows I watch regularly. No catch phrases or annoying gay characters.


21 posted on 02/02/2006 7:44:20 AM PST by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: Cyclopean Squid
How rude! (why is it that all characters in 80s sitcoms had catch-phrases?).

Sit on it, Cyclopean Squid.

22 posted on 02/02/2006 7:44:22 AM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: maggief

Candace Cameron became HOT!


23 posted on 02/02/2006 7:45:37 AM PST by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: Borges
Wife and I went to see Walk the Line a week ago. It was essentially about the drug problems of Johnny Cash, and although it tried to end on a high note the effect on me was rue.

It's hard to be sorry for having enjoyed his music, but the effect of that was his having gone on tour. And that exposed him to far more temptation - he himself would have said, this was essentially an autobiographical picture - than his character was up to. It was just a sad story, end it at whatever point you might choose. I guess he was just a manic personality.


24 posted on 02/02/2006 7:47:34 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: dfwgator

Pink has a new video, and in it she spoofs the Olsen twins, one of whom always looks like a junkie these days. An emaciated junkie carrying a $10,000 handbag.


25 posted on 02/02/2006 7:49:34 AM PST by veronica
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To: Ragtop

26 posted on 02/02/2006 7:50:01 AM PST by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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To: Ragtop

Jack Bauer does have a catch-phrase: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" He also has, "Chloe! I need this NOW!"

Point taken about the catch-phrase not being consigned to the 80s. As Larry Appleton would say, "Watch and learn. Watch...and learn." I will now do the Mypos Dance of Joy.


27 posted on 02/02/2006 7:50:04 AM PST by Cyclopean Squid (Moderates do not make history)
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To: Cyclopean Squid


"I learned it from watching you Uncle Jesse!! I learned if from watching you."
28 posted on 02/02/2006 7:52:30 AM PST by Borges
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To: Ragtop
"WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR?!" :^)
29 posted on 02/02/2006 7:56:02 AM PST by TheBigB (Chuck Norris wears George W. Bush pajamas.)
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To: Borges
Sweetin, who played middle sister Stephanie Tanner...

(Sigh...)

Middle child syndrome.

;-)

30 posted on 02/02/2006 7:56:15 AM PST by Allegra (You Won't Find the Meaning of Life in This Tagline....At Least Not Today.)
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To: Borges

I really expected this article to be about dave coulier or bob saget.


31 posted on 02/02/2006 8:00:11 AM PST by mjwise
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To: Cyclopean Squid

(said in with a Balki accent): "Oh, don't be ridiculous..."
I hated that show. But watched it every Friday night. I was a kid. I was stupid. I always watched a lot of shows I hated: Full House being one. Saved By the Bell another. I guess I still do. I hate "Yes, Dear" but still watch reruns of it on the weekends.


32 posted on 02/02/2006 8:02:20 AM PST by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: Borges
If they were to hold a convention of showbiz types who *haven't* been in "rehab",it could be held in a phone booth.

It boggles my mind to think that Hollywood wonders why their box office receipts are going down the toilet!

33 posted on 02/02/2006 8:04:04 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: Cyclopean Squid

My wife and I also noticed in past seasons that Tony ALemda never answered his phone saying "Hello," or "This is Tony" etc. He always said "Yeah," in a low, breathy voice.


34 posted on 02/02/2006 8:04:41 AM PST by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: Cyclopean Squid; Ragtop
"Hello, Cousin Larry Appleton."

35 posted on 02/02/2006 8:04:51 AM PST by TheBigB (Chuck Norris wears George W. Bush pajamas.)
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To: Ragtop

Same here. But I remember liking them at the time. Only later did I realize I despised them. Family Matters and the machine that transfigured Steve Urkel into Steph-on Ur-kel. Ouch. And Saved by the Bell...wow. The high school years were bad enough. The Jr. High years with Miss Bliss were also terrible (and they took place in Indiana--how did the entire school and most of the students get transported to California?). The College years were wretched. But it did give rise to the term "Zack Morris cell phone," which almost made it worthwhile.


36 posted on 02/02/2006 8:05:57 AM PST by Cyclopean Squid (Moderates do not make history)
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To: TheBigB

Not only did "Perfect Starngers" have the requisite catch phrases, but possibly, Balki was a closet homosexual. Thus the annoying gay charaacter factor as well. The hot stewardess was just a beard, ala Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.
What did those hot stewardesses see in those two losers anyway? Especially Cousin Larry, that guy was a dork.


37 posted on 02/02/2006 8:08:09 AM PST by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: Borges

I am shocked that a child star has a drug problem. I am just shocked.


38 posted on 02/02/2006 8:11:07 AM PST by cpprfld (Who said accountants are boring?)
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To: Cyclopean Squid

That's right! Saved By the Bell was "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" (and even stupider than Saved by the Bell) And Belding, Zach, Lisa, Screech and Kelly all moved from Indiana to California to "Bayside High". That's even worse than the two Darrens.


39 posted on 02/02/2006 8:11:27 AM PST by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: Borges
Just a couple of thoughts. First, shows class on the part of her former costars to care enough to intervene. Second, glad she didn't blame it on being a child star, although acknowledging that there are some things that are tough about it. Third, prayers for her recovery. Meth is a tough monkey. Fourth, it's got to be tough to career peak at age thirteen.
40 posted on 02/02/2006 8:17:05 AM PST by Richard Kimball (Look, Daddy! Teacher says every time a Kennedy talks, a Republican gets a house seat!)
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To: Ragtop

Yeah, she grew up real nice!


41 posted on 02/02/2006 8:17:50 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Ragtop

Yeah, she grew up real nice!


42 posted on 02/02/2006 8:18:28 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Ragtop

My twelve-year-old still watches FULL HOUSE religiously. I think she has a thing for John Stamos....


43 posted on 02/02/2006 8:22:58 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Borges
Two years ago, bored and unemployed, the former child star began experimenting with drugs as a way to pass the time.

It also seems like an easy way to keep your weight down in thinness-obsessed Hollywood.

44 posted on 02/02/2006 8:30:40 AM PST by StrictTime
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To: Ragtop
Saved by the Bell is like visual heroin. No one actually wants to watch it, but if some how the channel accidentally stops on it once you are some how sucked in.

And it's all down hill from there.

It's actually a good chronicle of horrible 90's fashions.
45 posted on 02/02/2006 8:31:21 AM PST by retrokitten (www.retrosrants.blogspot.com)
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To: tallhappy
Sit on it, Cyclopean Squid.

Dy No Mite!

46 posted on 02/02/2006 8:32:41 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Ragtop
Personally, "24" and "Lost" tend to be the only network T.V. shows I watch regularly. No catch phrases or annoying gay characters.

Let me open up a socket and set up a perimeter. Then we can discuss whether there's something a little bit off about Edgar. LOL

SD

47 posted on 02/02/2006 8:44:55 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Edgar is a cool character. Of course, I liek the actor who portrays him- Louis Lombardi, he played the FBI Agent in "The Sopranos" that gets "Big Pussy" to turn.


48 posted on 02/02/2006 8:50:45 AM PST by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: retrokitten

I remember my first year of college and they would have re-runs back to back on two different channels. So one could watch four episodes of Saved by the Bell in a row. Then came the College Years...


49 posted on 02/02/2006 8:52:26 AM PST by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: RosieCotton

Dittos


50 posted on 02/02/2006 9:32:40 AM PST by hattend
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