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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 653 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.


  • Potential Movie

    By Occoo33
    Great story definitely would make a remarkable movie. Just reviewing to support Mike!
  • Best book

    By iadaan15
    I don’t know what to say I have so much to say but oh my ducking god it’s so good like what
  • Amazing

    By bdetes
    best book i’ve ever read. truly inspiring.
  • Excellent work

    By Thynes18
    You and I come from the same place, Mike. Thank you for sending me the message that anytning is possible.
  • Amazing

    By Atrain69420
    My favorite book easily.
  • Amazing!!

    By Evonem
    Great read! Finished in three days!!
  • Insight.

    By SuneVee
    I cannot say enough great things about this book. I have followed Mike for awhile from discovering him through Impaulsive. I had heard portions of his story from bits on the podcast and his social media. My bf and I were traveling to Colorado and wanted to pass some time by. I had planned to read The Fifth Vital on our way, but thought it would be better to download the audiobook so we could both listen since we both are very fond of Mike. We were hooked from the beginning. I was so happy that Mike himself narrated his story. We started on our way to CO and finished just now on our way home. I am in tears. The pep talk at the end and after thoughts pulled it all together so well. It gave me so much insight, understand and appreciation for Mike. I found myself getting so anxious and upset for him in the lows and so many butterflies and excitement during the highs. I love his gf as well and really wish she would write a book on her life, as it is very different but with many obstacles that she overcame as well. This book made me feel so much empathy and understanding to those that I love who have struggled with addiction and also hit home for myself and those who have struggled with mental health issues. On my days that I struggle I will absolutely go back and listen to the after thoughts. Thank you, Mike. We love this book and you!
  • Wow!

    By jebright
    I found this book by listening to Impaulsive! I started reading it and couldn’t stop! I watched my biological mother die from drugs and I wish I could have been to her what Mike’s mom was to him! After my father passed unexpectedly (no not drug related) I fell into a deep depression and turned to alcohol. I few like there could have been at least 5 times I should have died. I am to say that I have been alcohol free for almost 2 years now. I love this book and how “from the heart” it truly is. My ONLY complaint is this.....I wish Mike wrote this earlier!
  • Great read, fascinating and inspiring story.

    By seana223714
    Fascinating story and an easy read that keeps you hooked from beginning to end.
  • Amazing

    By jurcnkg
    This book was AMAZING. Mike you are an inspiration. I can’t believe how much you’ve been through. Wow. Such an easy read and great book. You can do anything you put your mind to. I struggle with anxiety everyday and this book made me realize what doesn’t kill you makes your stronger always.