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Jodie Sweetin's name first appeared alongside those of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on Full House. Years later, it became fodder for the gossip pages, as stories of her drug use, drinking problems and a controversial divorce unfolded.
The former Stephanie Tanner, who's admitted to having a crystal meth addiction, appeared on Monday's Today show to talk about her new book, UnSweetined, and her checkered past. She told Matt Lauer that the road to ruin began at age 14, when she had her first sip of alcohol at a wedding.
"It was the beginning of my drinking and using," she told Matt. "I had always been looking, I guess, for that thing that made me fit in my own skin."
Sweetin had been known as the sweet and straight-laced goody-two-shoes on Full House, and she says that she thinks it was a drive to shed that good-girl image that pushed her to substance abuse.
Jodie claims that she's been clean and sober since December of last year. But prior to that, she lied about her sobriety, and even toured college campuses, talking about the importance of clean living. The star now admits that she was still using meth and cocaine at the time. Those times, she said, were an "amazing contradiction."
The repercussions of Jodie's behavior are many, but the most highly publicized is her recent divorce. In December of last year her estranged husband and father of her 18-month-old daughter, accused Sweetin of driving drunk with the little girl in the back seat. The case went to court, and resulted in Jodie losing custody of her daughter, Zoie. She is now only allowed supervised visits with her.
"I hope that she will never have to see some of the things that I did before," Sweetin said.
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