“For Alumni, by Alumni.” Founded by members of the Transcend recovery community, our alumni program promises to support, encourage, and inspire our members.
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Transcend is founded on the spirit of camaraderie and community. Our Alumni program creates opportunities and experiences for our network of Alumni to support, celebrate, and encourage one another throughout the journey of recovery. We believe that together, we can inspire our communities, and one another, to live with purpose and passion.
The Transcend community is lifelong, and we aim to continue to engage and inspire our Alumni members through regularly hosted events, social gatherings, and meaningful experiences.
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The Alumni Program recognizes the value in each story of recovery. These stories celebrate the progress, perseverance, and accomplishments of our members.
What is your name….Adam B. Zagha
Where were you born….Los Angeles, California, Cedar Sinai Hospital
What is your sobriety date….March 17th, 2010.
Tell us what happened…..I was a heroin addict. My addiction eventually led to me panhandle at a gas station that was in front of the elementary school that my cousins donated money to help build, that my father was president of, and where I attended as a student until 8th grade. At that point, life didn't matter to me anymore. I was out of options. One day I went to my parent's house so I could find new stuff to pawn off for drug money. My mother would not let me in the house and said I was not welcome anymore. She asked me if I was hungry, and after several times of telling her “no”, I finally said “yes” thinking she would let me in. However, my mother would not let me inside of the house, so I had to eat outside. I ate alone, in a spot that was so familiar to me but somewhere I never thought I would be. This was the spot that all of the homeless people would sit and eat the leftovers that were given to them by my mother. After sitting down and realizing what I had become, I started to think about what led me to this moment. That’s when it hit me, I NEED to get sober. I spoke to my mother who knew Asher Gottesman. I said that I needed help with my disease, but that my one requirement was to go to a treatment center outside of LA. Asher immediately said, “Let's find him a treatment center and get him the help he needs”.
They sent me to treatment in Desert Hot Springs, CA, where I spent 60 days reflecting on the life I was living. After completing treatment I went to Transcend Sober Living, and that is where everything started to change for the better. I started going to AA meetings and listening to the manager of my house. I did my chores, fulfilled my responsibilities, and eventually became chore manager of the house. That was a very proud day for me. I got my first sober job while living at the house, working as a graphic designer at an AD agency. I kept busy from 8am-12am, working a full day and then going straight to my meetings. I finally became an assistant house manager and was eventually promoted to House Manager. This all led to where I am today, the Chief Administrative(Awesomeness) Officer at Transcend and a key employee in the growth of our company.
What is your favorite thing to do….My favorite thing to do is snowboard and my favorite place to snowboard is in Switzerland. I lived there when I was 15 years old because I was sent to a school for troubled teens.
What is your favorite restaurant...Felix in Venice. Amazing Italian food.
Quote by Adam… “If we take care of the spiritual, mentally, and physically, we straighten out”