Jodie Sweetin: ‘My faith has been the one thing that has always held me together’

Jodie Sweetin has said her sober life is “everything” she wished she’d had when she started out in “Full House” in the early ’90s.

The actress spoke to People magazine at the PBS Television Festival in Austin, Texas on Thursday night about getting clean: “It’s amazing — a miracle — from a wonderful, wonderful person. But it’s also an unbelievable thing I never thought I’d be able to say, that I would be able to live my life sober.”

Sweetin was filming the show when she relapsed and was hospitalized.

“It literally broke my heart,” she said. “I was so busy being a mom, and [my sober] journey was so bad I wasn’t getting out of bed.”

However, Sweetin said that she never stopped believing in God and “never stopped trying” to change.

“My faith has been the one thing that has always held me together,” she said. “That I couldn’t have given up. I never gave up on it.”

Sweetin acknowledged she was lucky to have a loving family and friends who supported her, as well as her husband of over two years, Justin Hodak.

The 32-year-old recently wrapped up Season 3 of her own show, “Step by Step.” The comedy is about an army of women who “take over the world,” and is also the series that got Sweetin into recovery.

“It’s crazy how much it has helped me,” she said of the show. “Everything that I’ve been through on that show, I didn’t know existed. This whole journey of getting sober, I didn’t know existed. It has just been the complete opposite and the power of television.”

Her family is her inspiration, too.

“My kids, in general, are so light and happy and spirited and people say to me, ‘Every day is a holiday for me’ and I’m like, ‘What?’” she said. “It’s incredible. I love them so much.”

Sweetin is one of three actresses to star in the hit show “Full House,” alongside Candace Cameron Bure and Andrea Barber. The show wrapped in 1995, but reruns continue to air on Hulu and Netflix.

The “Step by Step” co-stars were on hand at the Austin festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show.

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