“It took me a long time, a long time disappointing everyone who cared about me, culminating in a terrible  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.”
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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