11:01am PT by Chris Gardner
Jodie Sweetin to Be Honored by Sobriety-Focused Organization Writers in Treatment
Writers in Treatment — the nonprofit organization that seeks to help writers suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and other afflictions — will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Experience, Strength and Hope Awards by honoring TV star Jodie Sweetin.
Best known for her work as Stephanie Tanner on Full House and the Netflix reboot Fuller House, Sweetin will take the stage at the event on Feb. 28 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Ed Begley Jr. will serve as host, and comedian Mark Schiff will perform a set. Also on the program: Joanna Cassidy and Mackenzie Phillips are slated to appear, and Tony Denison, star of TNT's Major Crimes, will present the annual REEL Recovery Film Festival Audience Favorite Award to Andy Irons: Kissed by God, directed by Todd and Steve Jones.
According to the organization, the Experience, Strength and Hope Award is given "in recognition of an individual’s memoir including their honest journey from addiction to recovery, and their dedication and enthusiasm for carrying the “message” to a society awash in addiction." Sweetin recounted her experience with substance abuse in unSweetined: A Memoir and has been candid about her experience and recovery. Previous recipients of the honor include Louis Gossett, Jr., Buzz Aldrin, Duran Duran’s John Taylor, Carrie White, Joe Pantoliano, Mackenzie Phillips, Pat O’Brien and Jane Velez-Mitchell.
“For the past 10 years, it’s been very gratifying honoring these remarkable individuals who’ve taken the time and have had the fortitude to bare their souls writing such compelling memoirs," said founder Leonard Buschel in a statement. “We mark this 10th anniversary honoring Jodie Sweetin, who went from adored child star, to struggling addict, then rising phoenix-like to become an author, devoted mother and full time TV and film actress. I am proud to be part of the same 12-step fellowship that has helped so many become and stay clean and sober.”
More information about tickets can be found here. Proceeds benefit Writers in Treatment, which produces the national REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium and helps men and women in the industry who are suffering from self-destructive behaviors find treatment sources for their illness.