Karim Abdel-Wahab was born in Paris, France, and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, before moving to the United States at age 15. Karim attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, obtaining an Associate of Science degree in recording engineering. For 13 years, Karim successfully worked as an engineer before a life-changing experience led to acknowledging a problem with addiction and entering recovery. Inspiring him to help others through their recovery, Karim attended Glendale College and completed the Addiction Studies program. Currently certified with his CATC-II, Karim is working towards a PhD in psychology, emphasizing in addiction education and treatment.