The UFAM Profile: Joe Bellino Jr. – Michigan House of Representatives

Speaker Profile Unite to Face Addiction Rally 2017

Joe Bellino Jr.

 

When your life starts to blossom, you have these dreams

Mine were: good job, loving partner, a house, kids. You never think, “I will become a drug addict, get sober some time after, and then life will go on.” Never on my mind. But at 25 years old, with a good job and engaged to be married, my life sucked.
Suicide was a viable option. Living was a burden. Couple that with the fact my father was my boss, and he said if I didn’t seek help I was fired, and you have a perfect storm of the desire and possibility to get sober.
I was at a low point and my hand was forced.
 
June 16th, 1983 was the day I walked into Harbor Light in Monroe, Mi. 28 days later , and with a $892.00 bill that was paid by my insurance company, life started.
 

Drugs of Choice

My drugs of choice were booze (Gin and tonic); pot; any pills at all; and COCAINE!
I loved me some cocaine.
I had my first drink at 12. And I never had a “social drink’ in my life. Every drink and drug were there for a purpose. To get me out of it, get screwed up, stop thinking and quit being an adult.

Life’s Weird Moves…

Life has taken a lot of weird moves. Who would have thought I would have been this accomplished? Who would ever think I would be involved in a ton of great things?
 
  • Six years working for the Catholic Charity, Society of St Vincent de Paul
  • Owning my own small market – Broadway Market in Monroe, Michigan since 1998
  •  Fifteen plus years on the College Board of Trustees at Monroe County Community College
  • Being able to be being  involved in or giving to so many great charities
  • And finally, but not least, being voted into public office the first time
 

These accomplishments are a real testament to the way I have lived my life the past 32 plus years. I am grateful to my sobriety and I endorse United to Face Addiction Michigan – UFAM. I look forward to presenting at the Rally May 18th!

 
Who’d of thought? The Capital building in Lansing. Photo by Peter B. Randels NOTANONYMOUS

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Joe Bellino Jr. Vital Statistics:

58 years old
Sober for 34 years
Married to Peggy
Monroe Catholic Central and Monroe County Community College Graduate
Three grown daughters: Mary, Anne and Margaret
Owner of Broadway Market in Monroe since 1998
Voted into the State House of Representatives (R) 17th District in 2016
Born June 10th…..what  a coincidence.

3 Comments

  • TOM TREECE Reply

    Proud of my state representative….and my friend. Break a leg, Babe!

  • Fr. DFon Duford Reply

    Joe,

    I am very proud of you and your accomplishments, isn’t sobriety great.? As you know I moved to 0hio July 1. I am working in 2 counties on addiction issues,, leading 2 parishes and seeing my children and grandchildren more often. My 37 years of sobriety certainly changed my life. Say hello to the Friday nite group for me. Fr. Don D.

  • Denise Clements Reply

    My father is looking down from heaven and I’m sure is incredibly proud of his pigeon. Sponsoring other addicts, helping them stay sober, gave purpose, pride, love and so much more to my father Charles “Baby Cakes” Reinbolt. The fact my Father had help to find his own sobriety changed my life for the better and I believe strongly in helping others do the same! I pray you’ll have incredible success at the Rally. Know that “Baby Cakes” will be with you while you Rock The House.

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