“Full House” Actress Jodie Sweetin’s Meth Problem

Former “Full House” star Jodie Sweetin has turned to drugs to drown out her lack of post-childhood success in Hollywood.

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.

Photo Former Full House cutie Jodie SweetinFormer Full House cutie Jodie Sweetin has earned herself a spot on the lengthy list of child stars gone wrong
“Full House” acress Jodie Sweetin – Then and Now

So a beautiful young woman with a college degree can only get bit parts in the most competitive industry on the planet? Boo frickin’ hoo.

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Comments

  1. LJD says:

    Boo Frickin hoo

    James, I suppose if you don’t care about the story you could just avoid the blog altogether.

    While I don’t think she came from a particularly ‘underprivileged’ background, I would have some sensitivity to the pressures applied to these child stars. Their parents certainly benefitted from it, and likely should have taken a greater role in their daughter’s life.

    Meth is an incredibly destructive substance. In this instance though, there seems to be a success story and perhaps some wise words for kids who might follow the same path.

    Sweetin attended high school and college, graduating with a degree in liberal arts. In 2002, she married a Los Angeles police officer.

    Not only that, but she’s still a cutie.

  2. James Joyner says:

    LJD: Did you even read the post?

  3. legion says:

    Besides, it’s still too good a fate for anyone connected with that show. The saccharine content alone caused terminal diabetes in more that 12,000,000 people last year…

  4. LJD says:

    Yep. I did miss the part about the divorce, but I still feel this is a success story. (Although I don’t harbor your apparent resentment). Many kids have gone down this path with far fewer stresses in their lives. Where’s the compassion?

    As I said before, I think it’s great that she’s set her life straight and is speaking out to those who might follow in her footsteps.

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

  5. LJD says:

    Your original post merely stated ‘Boo, Frickin’ Hoo’. The following words did not appear:

    So a beautiful young woman with a college degree can only get bit parts in the most competitive industry on the planet?

    I didn’t see HER complaining about that at the present time. In fact, an appearance on GMA may be a step in the right direction for an out of work actor.

    To my earlier point, if you don’t have anything nice to say (and I don’t see how this situation really affects world affairs) why say anything?

  6. G A PHILLIPS says:

    God bless her, and my we take a moment of silence for the still sick and suffering around us who may never find help, or even come to know they have a problem.

  7. James Joyner says:

    LJD: Ah. It must have gone “live” while I was in the process of editing. I wrote all of the commentary in a matter of 2-3 minutes.

  8. G A PHILLIPS says:

    I for one fogive you James. And I forget the name of who it was that used that Yoda quote on me, but they got skills!

  9. Jonk says:

    Nobody held a gun to her head and got her hooked on meth…she did it because she was bored. Pffft.

    Boo hooo…