Thursday, June 5, 2008

Jodie Sweetie: From Meth Addict To Mom

Former Full House star Jodie Sweetin has a new role that comes with a full heart: mother to 7-week-old daughter Zoie. "You look at your baby and think, 'Wow, I did that.' It's really amazing," Jodie, 26, tells PEOPLE in its new cover story. As Zoie happily snoozes on the shoulder of her dad, Jodie's husband of 10 months Cody Herpin, the marveling mother says, "I'm still like, 'Oh, wow, I'm a mom.' It's the most overwhelming, exciting thing I've ever done."

And a far cry from where she's been. Best known for playing spunky middle child Stephanie on Full House from age 5 to 13, Jodie then landed a real-life role that cast her against type: battling an addiction to crystal meth.

At 22, Jodie was a college student married to LAPD officer Shaun Holguin and taking a break from acting when she first tried the drug. Six months later, she had developed a crippling daily habit that she kept secret from her husband. That is, until in 2005, when she was hospitalized after a night of partying.

Jodie and Shaun divorced after she left treatment, while she was spending six months in sober living with people from rehab. She met Jodie, a film transportation coordinator, through friends, and the couple began dating in May 2007 – and wed just two months later. When their whirlwind romance was quickly followed by a pregnancy, says Jodie, "it was a blessing."


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