30 Nov Full House Star Talks Addiction,Sobriety,Hope at Northern Kentucky University
Jodie Sweetin: My hope is that in sharing my story it lessens a little bit of the shame and the stigma and I think some of the judgement that people have about those people that struggle with alcoholism and addiction.
Actress, Jodie Sweetin,known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on the TV Series, Full House in the late ’80s and early ’90s, spoke to a nearly full house at Northern Kentucky University about her 10-year struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. She says her story is one of hope.
Jodie: We all have things that we want to share . Things that maybe we’re not proud of or things that are our triumphs and our downfalls. But I think the more we share those things the more we get to share our humanity and I think sharing our stories with each other is one of the things that connects us and makes us more human.
The 34-year-old says ,whatever their addiction, people have a choice to let their struggles define them or shape the person they want to be. She hopes her story will give others the courage to share theirs.
Jodie: It is an incredibly prevalent disease and I think it’s also one we don’t like to talk about very much.
Heroin overdoses in Northern Kentucky exceeded 1100 in 2015, according to Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact Response Task Force co-ordinator Jim Thaxton . He adds, in the last three months in Northern Kentucky, there were 600 overdoses.
Thaxton attributes the increase to synthetic opiates. He says treatment is a long process and usually a lifetime of support is necessary. He thinks Jodie Sweetin’s story sheds light on what it really takes to get clean.
All proceeds for the talk by Sweetin benefit Northern Kentucky Hates Heroin, a community organization battling the region’s heroin crisis.