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The Fifth Vital

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Mike Majlak

7 Hours 39 Minutes

Findaway Voices

July 2020

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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.

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  • Megan M.

    Great listen. Thanks for sharing your story, Mike.

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  • Anonymous

    Pretty good, compelling listen. Finished it in 2 days/sittings and it did manage to keep me attentive and interested.

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  • Nick N.

    Helped through my struggle

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  • Chiara H.

    AMAZING!! Such an inspirational and interesting story (though its not a story, its your life). I know of Mike from Impaulsive. It's a podcast i am addicted to listening to and i never quiet knew why. i never watched logan - im a 26 almost 27 yr old mum from Australia - but somethings changed with Logan, and i had an "ahh huhh" moment while listening towards the end! When Mike was explaining how he helped Logan grow up, be real, be transparent, be honest - that's why i watch/listen to it. its real and i think Mikes values, which has transpired to Logan, align with mine. As a team i think they can accomplish alot together. i love how they are creating these deep adult/real life discussions with honesty, vulnerability and openess to learn and better themselves. I am so glad i listened to this book. Such a great insight to a world i have no idea about and a testimate to how strong Mike is. It was SO well written and so easy to go into a bubble like i was watching a movie. amazing! thank you so much for sharing Mike!

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  • Anonymous

    Wrote a book report on this for school, hope my teacher likes it. Definitely one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read.

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