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Dec 22, 2017

Todd ‘Zman’ Zalkins grew up during the Long Beach punk rock scene, where surfing and back yard parties were nothing but the norm. When Sublime first started playing shows, Todd was right there in the middle of it all, and as Sublimes success grew, Todd stayed close with the band, especially lead singer Bradley Knowell. 


In 1996 After a show in Petaluma CA, the guys headed back to their hotel, and Todd was one of the last ones to see Bradley alive. Around 4 AM that morning, Bradley tried to call Todd, but Todd was passed out after a long night of partying and wouldn't wake up. The next morning, Todd got the heart wrenching news that his friend Bradley had died of a heroin overdose. Todd went on to battle his own demons and struggle with addiction. It wasn't until a near heart attack  that he checked himself into a treatment facility after a 17 year run in prescription pills, cocaine and alcohol almost took his life. 


Today, Todd is an interventionist and state certified Drug & Alcohol counselor (CADC). His story became the subject of the award-winning documentary film, “The Long Way Back” The Story of Todd ‘Zman’ Zalkins, which premiered at multiple film festivals. The film was picked up for worldwide distribution and is available for release on Amazon, iTunes and DVD. 




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