Jodie Sweetin Admits To Driving Drunk With Zoie

Jodie Sweetin, mom of 18-month-old daughter Zoie, writes “Life isn’t like a Full House episode,” in her memoir unSweetined set to hit book stores on November 3. After an eight-year run as Stephanie Tanner on the ABC hit, she spiraled into a dangerous cycle of drug abuse. Now 27 and clean, Sweetin discusses the book’s bombshells with Us.

On driving drunk with baby Zoie in the car: “That was the big rock bottom. 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.”

On battling with second husband Cody Herpin for shared custody of Zoie: “I got sober for good on December 7, 2008. I was flying to L.A. and I ended up taking a bunch of Nyquil and drinking a s—load. 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.”

On being adopted at 9 months old and later learning her biological mom also abused drugs and her dad was killed in a prison riot: “I would hear stories about my mom leaving me to go off and party. And for years I was like, ‘F*** her. How could somebody do that to their kid?’ 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.”

On getting drunk at costar Candace Cameron’s wedding in 1996: “I probably had two bottles of wine, and I was only 14. 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.”

On graduating 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.”

On being “high as a kite” and snorting meth in a bathroom stall at the premiere 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!”

On telling Good Morning America and People in June 2008 about her sobriety, yet she was secretly still getting high: “I was selfish, self-serving, insecure, angry and fearful person living a double life. I covered up my problems by pretending to be happy and saying that everything was fine.”

Filed under: Jodie Sweetin,Zoie Herpin

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  • lettibe

    I wish her luck. May she find the right way.

  • Anonymous

    I understand Addiction, and I am a recovering Meth user myself….It does everything she says, makes you think that you are deceiving people…only the people I were trying to deceive, were onto me! Good for her for being sober…I myself am working on 4 years of sobriety.

  • Janie

    Best of luck Jodie!

  • Shirilicious

    Isn’t it a bit early for her to write and publish a book just 10 months into her sobriety? Recovering from an addiction is a long and winding road and if she has been an addict for several years being and, more importantly, staying sober will take her a long, long time.

  • Jack

    Some people write as therapy and a lot of people once they hit rock bottom never go back. If you’ve ever been an addict you would understand that even one day sober is an accomplishment.

    • Shirilicious

      “a lot of people once they hit rock bottom never go back.a lot of people once they hit rock bottom never go back.” Now this is simply not true.
      I don’t have the exact numbers, but a relapse, unfortunately, happens far more often than people staying sober forever without going back to their habits. Sure one day is an accomplishment, but a few weeks or months won’t take her very far. In the first years almost every day will be a struggle and even years into one’s sobriety is no guarantee that this person is now sober forever, you have to consciously want it, make sure that you won’t relapse.
      And I think that’s what bothers me a bit about her interview here. She doesn’t seem to acknowledge that it’s a very, very hard journey. It reads more like “don’t worry, I am sober, my life is so happy now, lalalalala”. Maybe she talks about the bad sides in her book, because she should be prepared that they will hit her. Otherwise, this would be just a lip-service.

  • Anna

    She sounds immature and even a little bit like bragging about it. It’s the only way for her to be in the spotlight right now. For a moment she had her baby to be relevant, now her book. After this dies down I hope she will be strong enough to stay sober….

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