The actress/TV personality, who is starring in the latest series of the TV dance contest, found fame as Stephanie Tanner in American TV sitcom Full House as a five-year-old.

After the show was cancelled in 1995, a teenage Jodie fell into a downward spiral of substance and alcohol abuse, battling addiction for 15 years.

Speaking to dance partner Keo Motsepe on Monday's show (04Apr16) about how she became a drug user after the show's demise, she said, "It was a huge shift in my life. Everything I had known from the time I was five years old suddenly ended and it was like saying goodbye to a family I had loved very, very much. At such a young age it really was a huge loss for me, I didn't know how to grieve."

Jodie added, "Drugs and alcohol just sort of numbed everything, I was doing cocaine and ecstasy and alcohol and all of that. The darkest moments for me weren't necessarily winding up in the hospital or anything like that. It was those quiet moments alone when I just hated the person I had become."

She has since turned her life around, and earlier this year (16) returned as the star of a spin-off of the show which made her name, Fuller House.

As a result the actress used the 'Most Memorable Year' theme of Monday's show, which sees contestants discuss the year which changed their lives, to reflect on her professional and personal triumphs over the past year.

"My most memorable year has been this past year of my life," she revealed. "Getting to step back in and find my dreams and the thing that I love again."

The 34-year-old announced her engagement to boyfriend Justin Hodak in January (16), as she agreed to make him her fourth husband.

After a successful debut in February (16), Fuller House has been renewed for a second season by its broadcaster, TV and movie streaming service Netflix.

The star will also remain for at least another week as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, as she escaped elimination, with former O.C. star Mischa Barton getting the chop.