Jodie Sweetin, mom of 18-month-old daughter Zoie, writes “Life isn’t like a Full House episode,” in her memoir unSweetined set to hit book stores on November 3. After an eight-year run as Stephanie Tanner on the ABC hit, she spiraled into a dangerous cycle of drug abuse. Now 27 and clean, Sweetin discusses the book’s bombshells with Us.
On driving drunk with baby Zoie in the car: “That was the big rock bottom. I had two glasses of wine and drove with her in the car. I not only put myself in danger, but also my daughter, who I loved more than anything. I felt terrible.”
On battling with second husband Cody Herpin for shared custody of Zoie: “I got sober for good on December 7, 2008. I was flying to L.A. and I ended up taking a bunch of Nyquil and drinking a s—load. When I got home, I got a call that there was an emergency custody investigation because of my drinking. From that day forward, I threw myself into going to AA and avoided people who do blow off their coffee tables. We’re working on a custody agreement right now. But life is good. I’m happier than I can remember.”
On being adopted at 9 months old and later learning her biological mom also abused drugs and her dad was killed in a prison riot: “I would hear stories about my mom leaving me to go off and party. And for years I was like, ‘F*** her. How could somebody do that to their kid?’ When I started seeing my own addiction getting in the way of being a mom, I finally understood: If you’re not in the right place to get sober, you’re not ready to be a mom.”
On getting drunk at costar Candace Cameron’s wedding in 1996: “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.”
On graduating to ecstasy in high school and cocaine in college: “I wanted to prove that I could get more trashed than anyone. There were times I did so much coke, I’d be there laying there, getting sick and thinking ‘I’m going to die.’ But I didn’t care.”
On being “high as a kite” and snorting meth in a bathroom stall at the premiere for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s 2004 movie New York Minute: “I was pulling off the deceit. It was hard for people to believe I was doing that much drugs. I look at photos from that event, and I didn’t even look strung out!”
On telling Good Morning America and People in June 2008 about her sobriety, yet she was secretly still getting high: “I was selfish, self-serving, insecure, angry and fearful person living a double life. I covered up my problems by pretending to be happy and saying that everything was fine.”