updated 04/14/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/14/2011 AT 3:15 PM ET
It’s been a long road to recovery for Jodie Sweetin, who battled with alcohol and meth addiction on and off for more than a decade.
But the former Full House actress, 29, whose obstacles were chronicled in her 2009 memoir unSweetined, says she wants to focus on the future and let her two daughters, Zoie, 3, and Beatrix, 8 months, know her for the person she is today.
“[My struggles are] pretty much in the past,” Sweetin told PEOPLE at Zoie’s birthday party Wednesday, at L.A.’s Sweet E’s Bakeshop. “Hopefully, it’ll never be anything my kids have to be a part of. I wish I hadn’t gone through that, but I did.”