State Rep. Joe Bellino on Thursday spoke to people from across Michigan attending the 2nd annual Unite to Face Addiction rally at the Capitol in Lansing.
Rep. Bellino accepted the invitation to speak from Unite to Face Addiction – Michigan to share his personal journey overcoming addiction. The freshman state representative has had over 32 years of sobriety recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. By sharing his past struggles and his life after becoming sober, Bellino hopes to motivate others to get and remain clean.
“You never think, ‘I will become a drug addict, get sober sometime after, and then life will go on’ when you’re 25 years old,” Rep. Bellino said. “However, that’s exactly what happened to me. I was just fortunate enough to get sober and then started making some dramatic changes in my life.”
Rep. Bellino spent six years working for the Catholic charity at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, owned his own small business in Monroe for nearly 20 years, served over 15 years on the Monroe County Community College Board of Trustees and most recently, was elected to represent Southeast Michigan in the Michigan House of Representatives.
State Rep. Joe Bellino discusses overcoming addiction at 2nd annual Unite to Face Addiction-Michigan rally at the Capitol in Lansing.