Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin briefly shared her past experience with addiction on the April 4 episode of Dancing With the Stars.
She talked about her personal struggles, which became inspiration for a dancing routine on the show. She said she dealt with a lot of depression and heartbreak after the ending of Full House in 1995.
Everything that I’d known from the time I was 5-years-old finally ended. Saying goodbye to a family that I loved very, very much.
“I was 13-years-old, and it was a huge shift in my life,” Sweetin said. “Everything that I’d known from the time I was 5-years-old finally ended. Saying goodbye to a family that I loved very, very much.”
Grieving the end of her TV family led Sweetin down a dark path where she used drugs and alcohol to cope.
“Drugs and alcohol sort of numbed everything,” she said. “I was doing cocaine, ecstasy, alcohol.”
Sweetin is now five years sober. She celebrated her recovery with a commemorative dance on the show that left her in tears.
In an ABC interview, Bob Saget, who played Sweetin’s TV father on Full House said he’s proud of the woman and mother she has become.
“She is a great mom because she’s been through so much,” said Saget. “With that comes honesty and the more honest you are with your kids, the more you can be real with them. And I think that’s her biggest accomplishment is that she’s incredibly real.”