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'Full House's Jodie Sweetin Details Drug Abuse In Her Memoir

Jodie Sweetin definitely wasn't as innocent as she appeared on screen.

In her memoir titled 'unSweetined', the now 27-year-old writes: "Life isn't like a Full House episode."

Sweetin details how in 1995, after an eight-year run as Stephanie Tanner on the ABC comedy sitcom, she fell into a cycle of drug abuse, including ecstasy and crystal meth. And despite having a daughter Zoie in 2008 and proclaiming she was over it, she continued to snort cocaine.

"I probably had two bottles of wine, and I was only 14," Sweetin recalls costar Candace Cameron's wedding in 1996. "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."

And as she moved up 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."

She even admits to walking the red carpet while 'high as a kite' 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!"

In the book, Sweetin also confesses she used the money from the 'Just Say No' speeches she gave to youngsters -- while she was herself high -- to fund her drug habit.

"I did a few key bumps and headed to the lecture hall, where a sold-out crowd waited to hear me speak. I thought for sure that one of the professors would take one look at me and kick me out. But none did. They wanted to hear about the trials and tribulations of Jodie Sweetin, or at least the Jodie Sweetin I had created."

Sweetin explains her 'big rock bottom' came when she realized that she was putting her baby daughter's life at risk: "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."

"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."

"I got sober for good on December 7, 2008. I was flying to LA and I ended up taking a bunch of Nyquil and drinking a shitload. 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."

October 26, 2009 |

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