The Z-Man Did Not Sleep for 44 Days

The Z-Man Did Not Sleep for 44 Days

Todd Zalkins is an interventionist, public speaker, and author, but he hasn’t always been. His past is checkered with sex, drugs, and punk-rock, and Z-Man, as he is known to his friends, spent a lot of time with all three with the band Sublime. In fact, he spent 17 years poisoning his body with opiates. He describes his 15-month detox as Satanic, the cherry on top of which was a bout with insomnia that lasted 44 days. Now clean and sober for 11 years, Todd now dedicates his life to helping others.

Todd Zalkins is also a storyteller, motivator, and thought-leader on recovery who inspires others to not only realize their potential but to live it.

His gripping memoir, “Dying for Triplicate” which details his harrowing 17-year addiction to prescription painkillers, through detox and into his first 18 months of recovery, has helped thousands of other addicts find their way into treatment.

In addition to his writing, intervening and speaking, he is the Founder and CEO of ALL in Interventions, a state certified Drug & Alcohol counselor (CADC) and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the United States.

Todd is also the co-founder of The Nowell Family Foundation, a non-profit he created along with Jim “Papa” Nowell. Set to open late in 2018 in San Juan Capistrano, will bear the name “Bradley’s House,” and will be dedicated specifically to treating male musicians with opiate addiction.

In 2016 his story became the subject of the award-winning documentary film, “The Long Way Back” The Story of Todd ‘Zman’ Zalkins that premiered at film festivals nationwide in 2017.

After losing his close friend Bradley Nowell of Sublime to a heroin overdose, Todd Zalkins aka ‘ZMAN’ fights for his life in what will become the worst drug crisis in American History, the Opioid Epidemic. Against all odds, Todd is able to break a seventeen-year addiction to prescription painkillers and dedicates his life to helping others who struggle with addiction. In a twist of fate, Todd is presented with an opportunity to help Jakob Nowell, Bradley Nowell’s son battle his own addiction to drugs and alcohol.

The film was picked up for worldwide distribution and is available for release on Amazon, iTunes, Hulu and

Todd is FOUNDER and CEO of the Four Keys, INC a vertical enterprise that encompasses ALL in RECOVERY; interventions, treatment, education and post treatment care. Current curriculum includes workshops centered in helping addicts and alcoholics develop new tools for integrating back into life, clean and sober. These two day sessions are dedicated to inspiring and motivating individuals to further their recovery.

Todd lives in Long Beach, California, swims and surfs regularly, prays daily, is extremely active in his recovery, still rocks out with his punk rock band and loves his clean and sober life.


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