When the average person thinks about wholesome family entertainment like Full House, the last things on their mind are the consequences of illegal drug abuse, addiction, and relapse. Although the idea of child stars falling into disarray is not a new concept, sometimes the people who fall into such messes are the ones you’d least expect.
Enter little Stephanie Tanner. Jodie Sweetin’s lovable middle Tanner daughter was the picture of exuberant happiness and seemed like such a nice girl. Little did the world know that she had been wrapped up in the dangerous world of alcoholism and crystal meth addiction for years behind closed doors.
Beginning at the wedding of Candace Cameron to her long-time hubby, Sweetin engaged in self-destructive levels of substance abuse. After all these years, Jodie Sweetin finally decided to come clean. She grabbed a publisher and let her thoughts flow out of her like a volcanic eruption and finished a wonderfully inspirational autobiography called UnSweetined.
In this raw, honest, sympathetic self-analysis and memoir, Jodie Sweetin shows the world that she’s not the same innocent child that they fell in love with and instead takes them on a wild ride behind the scenes of Full House, her personal life, and her true story about finding a reason to change her life and leave all those harmful habits behind.
As a child, Jodie Sweetin captured our hearts and gave us 8 years of laughs and moral lessons. Her ups and downs are easy to relate to because every human being has their demons to deal with. More than 10 years after Full House was taken off the air, Sweetin had finally admitted to the public her shocking recovery from crystal meth addiction.
After all the courage it took to admit that she had been in and out of rehab, she couldn’t bear to face the world again and let them know that she had relapsed several times and was still in the disastrous throes of chemical dependence.
Obviously, her problems ran deeper than anyone could have imagined and this particular obstacle couldn’t be solved with kind words and a single trip to a cushy rehab clinic.
There are some really interesting and darkly funny parts of this book, as Sweetin describes using cocaine before getting on the plane to fly to a college she was giving an anti-drug speech in front of. She explains short trips to Las Vegas with friends that turned into 9 day meth benders where other users would stumble in and out of her hotel room at will in one long sex-filled, drug-fueled party. Honestly, while it lasted, it almost sounded like a pretty fucking good time.
Throughout the book, Sweetin comes clean about the double life she lead, hiding things from her close friends and family. She broke ties with everyone from her parents to her on-screen family and only now is she finally reconnecting with all of the loved ones she lost. Speaking of her on-screen family, it made me respect Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and John Stamos even more after reading this book. Their father-like concern for her well-being is admirable.
After the vicious cycle of drug abuse, recovery, and relapse and all the stages of denial and acceptance, it is only the birth of her daughter and the reality of becoming a mother that finally shook Sweetin out of her ruinous rut. If you’re in the mood for an honest, charming, humorous, inspirational tell-all about taking life one day at a time, Jodie Sweetin’s UnSweetined is a fantastic read. She’s just as beautiful and charismatic now as she was as a child and she deserves all the good that has come into her life since then, especially her amazing children.