Mike Majlak was a seventeen-year-old from a loving, middle-class family in Milford, Connecticut, when he got caught up in the opioid epidemic that swept the nation. For close to a decade thereafter, his life was a wasteland of darkness and despair. While his peers were graduating from college, buying homes, getting married, having kids, and leading normal lives, Mike was snorting OxyContin, climbing out of cars at gunpoint, and burying his childhood friends. Unable to escape the noose of addiction, he eventually lost the trust and support of everyone who had ever loved him. Alone, with nothing but drugs to keep him company, darkness closed in, and the light inside him—the last flicker of hope—began to dim. His dreams, potential, and future were all being devoured by a relentless addiction too powerful to fight. Despair filled him as he realized he wasn’t going to survive.
Somehow, he did…
HE NOT ONLY SURVIVED,
Now he’s a social media personality with millions of followers, and an entrepreneur, marketer, podcaster, YouTuber, and author who hopes to use his voice to shine a light for those whose own lights have grown dim.
This is his story.
I would highly recommend this book to people struggling with mental health and addiction. I was recommended this as I was born a couple towns over from him. His story is crazy, and he’s very descriptive throughout the book in his stories but for being in early recovery, this book gave me lots of hope to believe in myself and that the dark rollercoaster ride can find the end of the tunnel! I liked how he adds what has worked for him to change his life around too! Thanks Mike Majlak!!!!
The Fifth Vital was hands down the best book I’ve ever read. As someone who has struggled with substance abuse and addiction, I don’t think anyone could explain the way an addict’s brain works any better. I have so much respect for mike for not only going through all this but also for being able to share it with the world. I really hope people can understand the danger of drugs and the struggle of being an addict by reading this book. I absolutely love this & it will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I’m really proud of how far mike has come.