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The Fifth Vital - Mike Majlak & Riley J. Ford

The Fifth Vital

By Mike Majlak & Riley J. Ford

  • Release Date: 2020-05-05
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 535 Ratings


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…



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.


  • Mostly good

    By emily.h1988
    This book is really well written and I enjoyed most of it. The story of his addiction and recovery are heartbreaking and inspiring. But 3/4 of the way through I had to stop because it's all about his influencer friends and how many celebrities he knows; it gets obnoxious and frankly uninteresting.
  • Current User

    By CaseyReynolds
    This is a must read! If you’ve used opiates, currently use, or don’t do drugs at all, this is a great story to dive into. I’ve used opiates most of my teenage and young adult life. I’ve gone through most of the this same stuff, just different times and stories. Addiction is hell. A hell I can’t seem to break free from. I know that I don’t want this life anymore and can’t wait for the day that I wake up sober. Reading this is just another reason for me to change my ways, especially reading about someone I’m a fan of and learning about his redemption. If you can do it Mike, why can’t I? Hopefully the next time I write to you, it’ll be a sober me writing. Thanks for putting your personal past out there for addicts like I, to read and get the message that life gets better once you stride to becoming sober. Later bro ✌🏽 ~Casey~
  • Great book

    By ghostly pumpkin 76
    I really enjoyed this book
  • Amazing story

    By Zimm206
    Mike is an incredibly humble person and this book was written so well! I only wish him the best in his bright future! Highly recommended!!
  • Inspiring

    By mikeyhsnn
    Most uplifting book I’ve read in a long time. Really helps me through hard times!
  • Best book I’ve ever read!

    By jjj1635
    Mike. I love you for what you’ve overcame. Your so far from cocky. Your awesome dude. You are such a gem in this world. Your book was amazing. Have had some issues with drugs but your a warrior man. Good job and can’t wait to meet you !

    By Fmobed
    such a dope book long time fan of Mike and can’t believe what I’m reading is really him. congrats on the success mike. may more love and happiness come your way cause you for sure deserve it brother!
  • Inspiring!

    By Hollie Peters
    I loved reading this book because how raw it was. I could relate on a personal level. This book helped me understand some things I have misunderstood about myself for years. I also realized a few things from a past friendship, she had an addiction. Reading your story helped open my eyes and helped me read between the lines of my own confusion I have with my anxiety and personal issues. Best book I’ve ever read. I really needed this read ❤️. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story, Mike.
  • Worth your time

    By pskcalderon268
    This book was the first book I have read cover to cover in over 10 years. The story, the honesty and brutality of it all is missed in society today. Amazing read and if your in a dark spot and don’t know how to get out of what is on the other side, READ THIS BOOK!
  • Amazing in every way!

    By TypicalNico
    Very uplifting one of the first books I ever wanted to buy I’m not an addict and never will be but god bless all the people who are or have been I can’t imagine how hard it is to be judged in everything you do and how people frown and look down at you and this book really shows a side of not just mike and his back story but a life of an addict and the things that they have to go through and experience in there day to day lives. This book brings me to tears at a time and made me happy to see mike and where he came from and makes me look at him at an even different outlook I always knew the kid was good since I first started watching him but after reading this book it gives me a whole new respect for him and where he came from. From a fan to mike (if he ever reads this) you made an amazing book which I tend to not read or buy but yet you influenced me to buy my first book and read the whole thing I support you in what you do and can’t wait to see where your life takes you next I wish you best of luck man! Have fun and don’t ever let life get you down and just like you said “Take a breath” “You will get through this” Your Fan, Nico