Nearly four years ago, John Stamos was able to restart his life when he decided that enough was enough and it was time to get sober. Recounting his journey at a recent Writers in Treatment event on February 28, the Fuller House star credited his TV niece Jodie Sweetin with helping him part ways with alcohol. “I hit rock bottom,” the 55-year-old said while presenting Jodie, 37, with the nonprofit organization’s Experience, Strength and Hope Award for her 2009 memoir, unSweetined.
It wasn’t until he got a DUI in 2015 that the beloved sitcom actor decided to make a change. “It took me a long time, a long time disappointing everyone who cared about me.” John continued. “Jodie lovingly allowed me to walk my own path and when I finally humbled myself to ask for your help, I realized that the perky little blabbermouth had become the master of wisdom and was right by my side during some of the most difficult days of my life.”
Jodie is the perfect sponsor for her good friend, considering she’s been sober herself for over eight years. In order to get the handsome hunk on the same track as her, the former Dancing With the Stars contestant organized 12-step meetings at John’s house and onset. “Thank God, my wife, [Caitlin McHugh], and my new son, [Billy, 10 months], will only know me as a sober husband and father,” he said. “This is Jodie’s legacy in my life.” Aww!
John wasn’t the only one to offer kind words. While receiving the prestigious award, Jodie gushed about how she is not only “so proud” of her TV uncle, but that “it’s been the greatest thing to watch someone that you love have the light come back on again.”
Following the event, the Grandfathered star took to Instagram to share two cute pics — a throwback from Full House and one from the awards reception — along with a slew of additional heartwarming words for Jodie. “Proud moment last night honoring @jodiesweetin at the Experience, Hope and Strength Awards,” John wrote in the caption.
“Who knew this little blonde scene-stealer in a side ponytail would grow up and change so many lives. (Mine included) Her sobriety is inspirational to say the least. Congrats Jodie on this award, recognizing your extraordinary journey. You give so many people HOPE. Love you! UJ.” We are so happy for both John and Jodie!