When she came out as a meth addict on national television, Jodie Sweetin probably never anticipated the changes that were waiting for her in the near future…to most people, admitting you have a problem is the first of twelve important steps that lead to a recovery–at least that’s how most of us process addiction.
We see celebrities struggle with rehab and drunken driving episodes, violent and strange behavior. But we also see celebrities defeat their vices successfully, though it seems to get less press. Sweetin’s journey is not perfect, and it is clear that her recovery is an on-going, very present thing. This is the first time I’ve read a book where I’ve felt like a celebrity is treating me like an intimate as they discuss their issues.
Jodie Sweetin is best known as Stephanie, the middle child in the pop culture hit “Full House.” Typecast early on in her post- “Full House” career, she made efforts to continue her career, all the while keeping up with her intense alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine abuse. She hid it from her parents, friends and even her first husband.
I, personally, was shocked to hear of Sweetin’s addiction when the news broke a few years ago. One thing is clear–no matter how many bridges Sweetin feels she might have burned in her past, she is lucky to have the love and support of her family, her former castmates and, most importantly, her daughter around her to help keep her eye on recovery. Reading more like a diary, UnSweetined is a heartfelt look at what it means to admit you have a problem and get the help you need.
Published March 2010, by Gallery. 231 pages. Available in ebook format, hardcover (and others) at Barnes and Noble.
Rating: 8.5/10:: I was personally interested in the story of Sweetin’s addiction, and when I saw this on the table of new arrivals, I decided I had to pick it up and read more about her journey. I was really glad I did. I personally purchased a copy of this book.