Jodie Sweetin admits she wasn’t sober during her “sober” media tour in 2006

Former “Full House” star Jodie Sweetin has had quite the sordid life since the show ended in 1995. She’s battled severe drug addiction and alcoholism, got married at 20 and divorced two years later, then went on a national speaking tour talking about how she’d finally sobered up. Jodie got pregnant then married again to cameraman Cody Herpin, who she split from last November when their daughter Zoie was seven months old. Cody accused her of still being an addict and even driving drunk with Zoie in the car. At the time Sweetin obviously denied it, but now she’s coming clean about not being clean, and the guilt she’s felt over her hypocrisy.

Jodie Sweetin has found a way to make money again. Hosting a pantsless dancing competition [“Pants off Dance Off”] while addicted to meth didn’t work out so well, but maybe she will find a larger audience of readers interested in her long and sordid affair with drugs she describes as both socially acceptable (coke, Ecstasy) and those better done behind closed doors (meth). She tells all in her new book unSweetined.

Last year the ‘Full House’ middle child went ‘From Meth Addict to Mom.’ The transformation may not have been a full one. She gave birth to daughter Zoie in April 2008, soon fell back into her winey, if not methy, ways and split from husband Cody Herpin in November.

Here is an excerpt about her coke-fueled sobriety tour, and you can read more here:

When I got to my hotel near Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I slept for a few hours but when I woke up I was still dead tired. I was a mess. Luckily I had the coke to pick me back up. 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 by appearing on Good Morning America and talking to People magazine.

I stood up at the podium, looked around the room, and put on my best TV smile. I was so disappointed in myself. I was living a complete lie. But unfortunately, guilt doesn’t make you stop. I talked about growing up on television and about how great my life was now that I was sober, and then midspeech I started to cry. The crowd probably thought that the memories of hitting rock bottom were too much for me to handle. Or maybe they thought the tears were just a way for an actor to send a message that drugs are bad. I don’t know what they thought.

I know what they didn’t think. They didn’t think I was coming down from a two-day bender of coke, meth, and Ecstasy and they didn’t think that I was lying to them with every sentence that came out of my mouth. That much I do know. The little bit of coke that I had done before the speech wasn’t enough to make me forget how bad I felt for doing what I was doing. The guilt was eating away at me. I was struggling to keep it together, but no one realized that. I finished. They applauded. Standing ovation. Just how I liked it. And it was over.

I was just so tired. Tired of lying. Tired of pretending to be someone that I wasn’t. I took a deep breath and walked out of the lecture hall. I went back to my hotel room and buried my face in my hands. I couldn’t keep doing this. It had to end. But not today. I wiped away the tears and finished the baggie of coke.

[From the Huffington Post via PopEater]

There are some famous addicts that I get pretty sick of, and there are others that I feel genuine empathy for. I’m not sure why – maybe it’s that she played such a nice, normal girl when I was growing up watching “Full House” – but I’m always rooting for Jodie. Maybe it’s that she doesn’t “look” like a hardcore drug addict. It really makes you reexamine your own stereotypes about who a drug user is. Some of the most amazing, brilliant people I’ve met have overcome mind-boggling drug problems, and I can’t help but hope Jodie eventually does the same.

While it’s good she’s finally come clean, it obviously presents a dilemma. In the future it’ll be hard to believe she’s ever totally sober unless she presents a drug test every time she says it. I guess it’s one of those things where you just have to hope it’s true. It doesn’t seem like Jodie could handle her own hypocrisy, and knowing that you’re a fraud can really eat away at your soul over time. I can’t claim to understand drug addiction, but for me, I imagine that feeling that miserable would be a serious deterrent. Serious addiction can take several attempts to beat. Hopefully Jodie’s a lot further along in the process now.

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  1. ! says:

    “I wasn’t clean then…but now I really am!” same old story. Lies, lies, lies. I hope she gets sued by People.

  2. Gina says:

    She would look alot better without the fake boobs. You can tell they are fake and she looks ridiculous!
    She does have a beautiful face however.

  3. Firestarter says:

    Being an addict is an ongoing, every day struggle to remain sober. Great if she is clean, and sad, if she isn’t.

    I agree Gina, the boobs are just ridic, and she would look better without them, but she does have a nice face, and decent body, save for the plus 2’s.

  4. Debbi says:

    I second the motion, Gina. Those boobs are WAY too big for her body. If her waist were nipped in more, they’d be Dolly-esque.

  5. Sumodo says:

    A baby face will get you past the “appearance” of abusing, but only for awhile. Re: Tatum O’Neill

  6. HEB says:

    She’s never going to get her daughter back now though.

  7. pickelhaube says:

    I’ll never understand even TRYING meth…that drug is absolutely terrifying! I live in FL, and my county has Florida’s biggest meth problem. I see tweakers every day, and just looking at them makes me wonder why anyone would even try it once. It destroys you completely. And I understand addiction, being a recovering opiate addict, but meth? No way. Scary scary stuff.

    I hope Jodie stays clean, it’s just not worth it to use and wake up one day at 40 (if you live that long using meth, which I doubt) and realize that you’ve wasted your life. I saw those people in rehab and did NOT want to be that way. It is not easy to stop for good (I still miss oxys), but it’s better than the alternative. I hope she really is committed to staying sober…it’s worth it.

  8. princess pea says:

    Are we sure those are fake boobs? Some of the moms I know never, er, deflated after they had kids.

  9. leshie♥ says:

    I don’t see who people could start using meth. I mean you hear all these horrible stories and then you go and do it? Meth ruined my relationship with my soulmate. It’s been 5 yrs and he’s been in prison and still doing it! Meth is soooo scary!

  10. Sumodo says:

    @pickelhaube My best wishes for staying strong! Jodie Sweetin must seem like a real slap in the face for you, having to stare down your own demon. In your honor, I will do one of my famous boycotts (which, btw, all my friends say has nil effect on the boycot-ee). No more watching “Full House.”

  11. Bodhi says:

    yeah, they’re fake. i think she told everyone when she got them done

  12. pickelhaube says:

    Why thank you Sumodo…and I boycott things all the time too! It makes me feel like I’m doing something. I swear, I haven’t seen a movie except on tv or downloaded for like, 6 years because I just can’t stop boycotting! LOL!

  13. Alexa says:

    Best wishes to Jodie Sweeting – whom I’ll keep in my prayers – my heart aches for her. I understand what she’s going through.

  14. Fire says:

    so…..did she give back the speaking fees she “earned” while she was lying and coked up, now that she “came clean” and is making even more money for her “memoirs”? i am not a hater – i don’t really have any feeling about her at all. i have dealt with addiction and i know you can’t help someone who doesn’t want help. but, i am a mom, and let me tell you, the minute i found out i was pregnant, i was no longer living for myself. my body was no longer mine. i quit smoking on the spot. did she quit using while she was pregnant? or did she start up again after she had the baby? are her husband’s accusations true then? that she drove drunk with her child? did she come clean on that in the book? if she did then that child should be taken away from her.

  15. Firestarter says:

    I would say most drugs, (save for pot) destroy lives. alcohol included. I have known people who have lost everything who have either done meth, heroin or drank. There isn’t anyone one drug, out of the hard core ones that is better or worse. Drugs destroy everything. Plenty of prescription drugs ruin lives too.

  16. JuliaJolie says:

    Excuse me…but since when were coke and ecstasy “socially acceptable”????

    They’re both bad enough, but clearly coke is far, far worse because it is ridiculously addictive. It’s this kind of BS “normalising” that makes people think it’s okay to be a f-ing cokehead.


  17. Shannon says:

    Julia, I’m not sure how old you are or where you live, but I’m a college student and I’d say coke is considered pretty socially acceptable these days in a lot of places for people my age. Would I ever do it? No, but I know a heck of a lot of people who have.

  18. Popcorny says:

    Gad she reads like Dana Plato (or even Mackenzie Phillips), a bottom feeding drug-addicted mess that’s totally brainshot trying to (re)score fame via personal tales of (self-inflicted) woe.
    WTF … she’s too young to have published a book like this that’ll certainly assure her unemployability outside low-rent porn and convenient-store holdups.

  19. Kikker says:

    Let’s all talk shit about Jodie Sweetin!

    “Fake tits! Liar! Hope she gets sued by People!”

    You guys are pathetic. Have some compassion. Addiction is an illness.

  20. Fire says:

    @kikker – Totally get what you are saying – addiction is a disease. I get it. I’ve dealt with it on many occasions – ex-husband was an addict, uncle was a drunk, etc. etc. I have shown compassion all over the place! I got the fuckin t-shirt!

    I would cut her more slack if she didn’t sucker people into listening to her speak about her “sobriety”….oh wait, I mean sucker people into PAYING to listen to her speak. And now she is selling her book of “truth.” I am sure she needs the money because of all the money that has gone up her nose, etc. Think of all the people that perhaps used her as an inspiration to get sober, and now here’s the real truth?? I couldn’t care less about whether or not her boobs are fake…what I do care about is the message this sends…my heart aches for her poor child….

  21. Fire says:

    @Shannon – Glad for you that coke is socially acceptable where you go to school, but out here in the real world it’s ILLEGAL and frowned upon. I’m not saying it’s not all over the place, but it’s not “acceptable.” Ask your parents if they want a bump. I’m sure they’ll think twice about sending that tuition check next semester…

  22. Leb says:

    Liked her on Full House, and I genuinely feel sorry for anyone struggling with an addiction. But this just feels like a pathetic plea for attention and limelight. If she was REALLY concerned with her health and sobriety she wouldn’t be so quick to sign book deals and talk show gigs when she’s not fully recovered, lord knows if she is now!

  23. mollination says:

    thank you to the couple of people that stuck up for the mind-boggling steepness of the mountain that addicts have to climb.

    Yes, addicts “choose” to start, I guess you could say. Unlike say, cancer or MS. But 9/10 they don’t know what they’re starting because whatever void or psychological trauma they’re trying to numb helps them rationalize doing it “once”. Only after it’s a problem is it a problem, and at that point – forget it. You can not imagine the agony involved. I’m amazed anyone gets clean.

    And picklehaub – congratulations. Seriously. Same drug of choice for me and my partner in sobriety just slipped yesterday. It’s eating away at me today.

  24. ! says:

    Regardless mollination, addiction is not a disease and there is no excuse for the ACTIONS addicts take.

    Also, go JuliaJolie. As for wishing ill on Jodie for blatantly lying to the world and profiting off it–I’m sorry, I don’t wish people well when I know it’ll be just another chapter in their life to exploit when its convenient (ie they need more drug money). Sorry. Maybe if we gave addicts some tough love instead of telling them how ok it is to be them, they wouldn’t think it was “socially acceptable”.

    Oh, you’re an addict selfishly using substance and hurting those around you and escaping from life instead of contributing to society…why don’t I totally enable you by telling you that you have an incurable disease and then tell you how hard it is to be you. Yeah right. Take some personal responsibility. You know, the kind I CAN’T take for my REAL disease.

  25. DD says:

    By “socially acceptable” she is talking about the circles she’s around, not that it’s actually acceptable. coke is a drug used by high functioning people. I was shocked myself when I was hanging around a bunch of ceo’s at a social gathering and they were openly passing it around.

  26. ninjagirl says:

    So is this how her porn career starts? haha

  27. LP says:

    I’ve actually suspected for some time that all of this is crap. I don’t thnk she ever had a drug problem but has been milking this story again and again to get attention in the hope of reviving her career. Look at those teeth. Meth? I don’t think so.

  28. Jazz says:

    It’s frustrating and heartbreaking watching someone destroy themselves so I’m always rooting for anyone who gets clean. Drugs don’t discriminate unfortunately.

  29. JaundiceMachine says:

    Pssht. . . Marquette. . . *eyeroll*

  30. crash2GO2 says:

    @!: So, you know something the rest of us don’t? That researchers have in fact admitted that those genes that are related to alcoholism and addiction are in fact NOT related to alcoholism and addiction?

    Just checking. Thanks if advance for your links.

  31. mags says:

    what good does it do to wish ill on someone? i understand this site is called “celebitchy” but wow. First with the remarks after DJ 2am’s death and this.
    does it make you feel better to wish horrible things on someone, no matter how “justified” you feel, safe in your home at your computer where no one can see your face?
    addiction takes many forms: food, exercise, spewing forth vile on the internet…just saying. try some compassion for a change. you’ll be surprised how much better you feel. it’s like eating fruit 🙂

  32. BoredAtWork says:

    And we should care because?