Eagle Rock man celebrates sobriety and a college degree

CSULA Criminal Justice major Jeffrey Bellismo/Courtesy CSULA

June has been a month of milestones for Jeffrey Bellissimo of Eagle Rock. Not only has the former meth addict been sober for five years but on Friday he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State Los Angeles.

Bellissimo’s pursuit of a college career began after he faced the prospect of either being sent to a rehabilitation center or to state prison. Bellissimo elected to receive treatment for his methamphetamine addition. In addition to attending college, the 35-year-old has volunteered at the Burbank Healthcare Center, SOBER International in Montebello and as well as 2nd Call in Inglewood.

Bellissimo, according to a summary provided by Cal State L.A., said of his turnaround:

I dug deep into my soul to clear away the wreckage of my past … Seeing that most people do not escape meth addiction, I consider it as miracle that I did. Being granted the opportunity to change has allowed me to recognize my value, and to humbly share my life with others.”

Bellissimo has been accepted to CSULA’s forensic social work graduate program and plans to become a professor with a focus on helping youth offenders, substance abuse and gang intervention.


  1. Congratulations!

    I got sober a while back and know how tough it can be. Always great to see someone turn their life around for the better.


  2. Congrats Jeff! The past two years at school were awesome with you in our program.

  3. Gang activity occurs, comments section explodes with stupid comments. Somebody does something positive and overcomes their situation and strives to push forward and it barely gets a response. Interesting.

    Way to go Jeffery! You’re an inspiration to us all!

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