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Jodie Sweetin Birthday: Star Turns 30, Celebrates Sobriety

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By Sami K. Martin, Christian Post Reporter
January 20, 2012|12:33 pm

Jodie Sweetin of "Full House" fame has many reasons to celebrate life, and is turning 30 this week. She has had many highs and lows throughout her life, and is determined to stay clean and sober after battling drug and alcohol addiction.

Sweetin won fans for her portrayal of sassy Stephanie Tanner on the hit series "Full House," which also gave Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen their starts. After the show went off the air, Sweetin's life took a dramatic turn, and in 2008 she revealed that she had been battling an addiction to methamphetamines. Determined to make a new start, she told "Good Morning America," "I really hope this isn't the last people hear of me. In fact, I would like to make this a footnote in my career, not the end."

Her addiction led to a divorce from first husband Shaun Holgin; she later married Cory Herpin and had daughter Zoie, now three. Sweetin filed for divorce from Herpin, citing irreconcilable differences, and the divorce turned nasty when Herpin alleged Sweetin had been using drugs again. She told People magazine, "There are a lot of things being said about my using that are not going on right now. I want to make it known that I am absolutely, 100 percent sober."

Sweetin did admit that she had relapsed but had immediately called supporters in her 12-step program who helped her get back on track. She also began dating current fiancé Morty Coyle, with whom she has daughter Beatrix. Sweetin told reporters, "I'm really getting back in the business and it's wonderful. Things are going really, really amazing for me right now."

She has just finished a new web series "Can't Get Arrested" with "House" co-star Dave Coulier and is a supporter of Team True Beauty, which seeks to bring awareness of eating disorders. True Beauty has many celebrity sponsors, including fellow child celebs Beverly Mitchell ("7th Heaven") and Tia Mowry ("Sister Sister").

As she said in April, "[My struggles are] pretty much in the past. I don't think there's any reason to hide it. It's nothing that I'm ashamed of. My life is so good that I'm not missing out on anything. Now, I don't think anything in the world could be better than what I have."

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