Jodie Sweetin: “Zoie Comes First For Me”

Jodie Sweetin is speaking out for the first time about the allegations from her estranged husband that she had a substance abuse relapse. “There are a lot of things being said about my using that are not going on right now,” Jodie, 26, tells PEOPLE. “I want to make it known that I am absolutely, 100 percent sober.”

The former Full House star and recovering alcoholic and meth addict admits she had one relapse over the summer when she drank several glasses of wine with dinner. “I immediately called other people who are in recovery,” says Jodie, who is currently in a 12-step program. “Any slip for me is not good, but I didn’t let it stall my progress. I could have just not said anything and brushed it under the rug. But that doesn’t help me make different choices in the future. Zoie comes first for me, as well as my sobriety.”

Jodie’s estranged husband Cody Herpin, 31, claims she’s had more than one relapse and that he’s concerned about their 9-month-old daughter. “She has continuously broken her sobriety since Zoie was born,” says Cody, who has filed for sole custody. “I’m worried about Zoie.”

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A judge ruled on Dec. 17 that the couple share 50-50 custody of Zoie for now, and that Jodie’s custodial time would take place at her parents’ home (where she is currently living) or in the presence of one of her parents. A court psychologist testified that she doesn’t believe the 26-year-old mother poses a threat to the child. Both sides have been court-ordered to undergo drug testing prior to their next hearing on Feb. 9.

As for the split (Jodie filed for legal separation on Nov. 19), Jodie says she would like to keep the reasons behind it private, but says, “It’s been difficult.” Cody says the reasons for their separation remain a mystery to him. “She never even told me, ‘We’re getting a divorce.’ I had to find out from her attorney. To this day, I still have no idea why.”

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