John Stamos credits Jodie Sweetin with helping him become sober

John Stamos has a lot to be grateful for, including his sobriety and his Full House family. The actor paid tribute to his costar Jodie Sweetin, whom he credits with helping him give up alcohol.

“It took me a long time, a long time disappointing everyone who cared about me, culminating in a terrible [2015] DUI where I could have killed somebody,” Stamos, 55, said at a recent Writers in Treatment event in Los Angeles while presenting Sweetin, 37, with the nonprofit organization’s Experience, Strength and Hope Award for her 2009 memoir, unSweetined, via Variety.

“I hit rock bottom,” he 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.”

Stamos explained that Sweetin, who played his character Jessie Katsopolis’ niece Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Netflix’s Fuller House revival, organized 12-step meetings at his house and on set.

“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.”

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John Stamos and Caitlin McHugh at the 2018 SAG Awards
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actors John Stamos (L) and Caitlin McHugh attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors�Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actors John Stamos (L) and Caitlin McHugh attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors�Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actors John Stamos (L) and Caitlin McHugh attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors�Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actors John Stamos (L) and Caitlin McHugh attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_007 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner Image)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actors John Stamos (L) and Caitlin McHugh attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors�Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actors John Stamos (L) and Caitlin McHugh attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_007 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner Image)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actor John Stamos (L) and Caitlin McHugh attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors�Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actor John Stamos (L) and Caitlin McHugh attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors�Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actors John Stamos (L) and Caitlin McHugh attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors�Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actor John Stamos (L) and Caitlin McHugh attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors�Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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After receiving the award, Sweetin, who has been sober for nearly eight years, said she is “so proud” of her TV uncle before noting that “it’s been the greatest thing to watch someone that you love have the light come back on again.” She also thanked her parents for their “patience,” “understanding” and “unconditional love.”

Once the event came to an end, the General Hospital alum took to Instagram to share then-and-now photos with Sweetin alongside a sweet caption.

“Who knew this little blonde scene-stealer in a side pony-tale would grow up and change so many lives. (Mine included),” he wrote. “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.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Candace Cameron-Bure attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actor Candace Cameron Bure attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Lori Loughlin attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Lori Loughlin attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actors Bob Saget (L) and Candace Cameron Bure (R) attend the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: (L-R) Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, John Stamos, Caitlin McHugh, Bob Saget, and Kelly Rizzo attend the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Candace Cameron-Bure and Andrea Barber attend the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Andrea Barber attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Andrea Barber attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: John Stamos and Caitlin McHugh attend the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actors Caitlin McHugh (L) and John Stamos (R) attend the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Bob Saget (L) and Kelly Rizzo (R) attend the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Bob Saget (L) and Kelly Rizzo (R) attend the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: John Stamos, Caitlin McHugh, Kelly Rizzo and Bob Saget attend the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys Ball on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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