‘Full House’ Child Star Jodie Sweetin Speaks at Ferris

Jodie SweetinBIG RAPIDS – During the 1990’s, there was one television show that captured the hearts of young girls, and even some adults.

“Full House” ran for eight seasons and Danny Tanner, Uncle Jessie, Joey and the three young blonde daughters were a picture perfect family. In real life, Jodie Sweetin, who played Stephanie Tanner the middle daughter, wasn’t living the perfect life.

Entertainment Unlimited, Ferris’ student programming board, is hosting the actress for a discussion at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium, where she will discuss her battle and recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism. This event is free and open to the public.

According to an ABC News interview, Sweetin suffered from alcoholism and drug addiction at the age of 22, nine years after “Full House” ended. She said she was trying to restart her life in television again but was unsuccessful. She said she was bored one day and tried methamphetamine.

Six months later, in early 2005, Sweetin was hospitalized after a night of partying. That one night changed her outlook on life. She voluntarily went through six weeks of treatment and has been sober since March of 2005.

Now, Sweetin travels across the country speaking on college campuses about her experiences, while at the same time, trying to make a difference in young adults’ lives to inspire her listeners to face life’s challenges head on.

26 November, 2008