Skip to comments."Full House" Star Admits Meth Problem
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."
Cute girl. Here's hoping she can keep this licked and move on with her life.
Hello 'surreal life'
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).
How rude! (why is it that all characters in 80s sitcoms had catch-phrases?). Hey man, cut it out. You got it, dude.
Bet that damn Kimmy Gibbler made her do it.
I hope she can get herself straightened out.
Don't have a cow, man. ;)
Was she sniffing crack too? Stay tuned...Film at 11.
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'.
Did I do that?
Playing third banana to the Olson twins and Candace Cameron couldn't have been much fun.
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.
She should get into tying flies. You can pass some serious time doing that.
I guess she was the "Jan Brady" of Full House.
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