TWO MEMBERS OF FULL HOUSE GET CLEAN AND SOBER
It’s one of the oldest clichés there are former child stars who succumb to addiction after fame. It’s certainly a cliché as old as rock stars suffering from addiction, and yet as we’ve seen with musicians and actors, it’s entirely possible to make your way out of the tunnel and get sober.
Recently two members of the sitcom Full House have come forward to talk about their sobriety, showing that addiction can hit anyone, even people on a squeaky clean family show.
Sweetin Gets Sober
You probably remember Jodie Sweetin as the adorable young Stephanie Tanner from the hit show Full House. She’s now 37, and Sweetin has come clean about her struggles with addiction and subsequent recovery.
Sweetin started on the show for eight years, and when the show ended, she was 14, a vulnerable age for any teen, let alone one who is transitioning out of stardom. As The Fix reports, Sweetin first started drinking, then moved into other drugs like ecstasy, meth, and crack. Now that she was no longer a star, she had identity problems and said she was “looking for other things to fix that and kind of fill that void.”
Sweetin sought out help when she was twenty-six, then eventually became a drug and alcohol counselor herself.
“The Cornerstone of My Life”
Sweetin told The Fix, “Sobriety is absolutely the cornerstone of my life. It’s always said in the rooms that anything you place before your sobriety will be the things you lose, and I believe that. Even though my life and my schedule can sometimes be crazy, I still make it a priority to be active in my program.”
To say sober, Sweetin incorporates daily prayer and meditation and stays in touch with people in her sober community.
Where a lot of former child stars have a hard time reinventing themselves, Sweetin is grateful she became a drug and alcohol counselor. “I was so lucky to find a second career path that I loved.”
One TV Star Helps Save Another in Sobriety
Then comes the big twist in this story…that Sweetin helped a fellow cast-mate from Full House get sober. Both Sweetin and John Stamos appeared at a ceremony where she was given an Experience, Strength and Hope award, and Stamos cried when he thanked Sweetin for saving his life.
Stamos told the audience, “It took me a long time, a long time disappointing everyone who cared about me, culminating in a terrible DUI where I could have killed somebody. I hit rock bottom. Jodie lovingly allowed me to walk my own path and when I finally humbled myself to ask for your help, I realized that my perky little blabbermouth had become the master of wisdom and was right by my side during some of the most difficult days of my life.”
Stamos added, “Thank God, my wife and my new son will only know me as a sober husband and father. This is Jodie’s legacy in my life.”