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USA Today best-selling book!

Mike Majlak was a 17-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, he thrived. 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.

©2020 Mike Majlak and Riley J. Ford (P)2020 Mike Majlak and Riley J. Ford

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Don't even get me started!

This book will make you laugh, make you cry and make you say "What Theb Fvck dang".


All I can really tell you is that Mike's story have me a glimmer of hope to not only get clean but to remind myself that it's okay to dream big again.

Took me 3 months to finish this book, started with the Kindle version before the Pandemic and bought the Audiobook when it finally came out so I can finish it while dealing with my hectic work schedule.


Do yourself a favor. Get the damn book.

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Excellent

This was just as great as I had expected Mike. Your story is incredible and truly inspiring!

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Unreal story!!

This book is a real eye opener. Well worth the listen! Pass along to any one you know that is struggling with addiction!

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you're amazing Mike!!

This book made me have such a greater outlook on you and I feel so honoured to be able to learn about the struggles that you faced in the past! This book has touched me in so many ways I cant describe, THANK YOU for sharing your life with your fans. You're amazing Mike, keep up the awesome work! :)
Emily - Muskoka, Ontario, Canada

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Mind Blowing

started this audiobook in the morning couldn't stop listening!
this needs to be a movie.
this book helped me to understand people with addiction.
thank you Big Mike!

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Inspiring

Loved it, great work Mike you're helping way more people than you could ever know! Love you keep up the grind!

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honestly the best book ever highly recommended

This is honestly the best book I have listened to. I would highly recommend it everyone. Even if your not going threw any tuff times in your life right now this book with help you when they do come. Also I really want to see this in a movie It would be great!

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Must Listen! Thanks Mike

If you ever have struggle in life, and find yourself in a spirale of « disaster », this book is for you!

Thanks Mike, you probably saved my life

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amazing read

loved it truly inspiring thank you Mike for being a light for so many just read this book

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wow MIKE!!! i love it!!!!

Mike you are an inspiration dude!!!
from Quebec Canada!!!!
fu... yeahh!!! you rock!!
LIFE IS GOOD!!!!

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  • 2021-03-04

Book is straight fire

I never finished a book.. and wish I hadn’t. It was similar to your favorite movie or documentary.. you love it the entire way though & all the sudden.. it’s over. I can’t wait for the movie to come out just so I can be the guy that says “the book was way better”. Mike turned his dark past & bloomed it into a bright future. This book symbolizes something different for everyone. For me, although I’ve never been an addict myself.. it really opened up an insight into a whole new world. It was also a symbol of hope & you can truly achieve anything w the right mindset.

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  • 2020-07-24

life changing book

loved the book! A truly life changing story... Thanks for this master piece. Much love

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  • 2020-07-23

Great story

Bought this on Apple Books and had to get it here on audible also, it’s a great listen

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  • dennis smith
  • 2021-06-05

GREAT inspirational story

Truly enjoyed this book. I couldn’t stop listening. What an incredible story this guy has of where he came from , what he went through and where he is now. Thank you Mike !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-03

BEST BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ

This book has changed my life in many ways i continue to re read this book & always find something I missed the time before
Mike has such a heart touching story I think anyone & everyone could learn & benefit from<3 so so much love to Mike

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  • Hooligan13
  • 2021-06-01

great book definitely would recommend

loved It most definitely would recommend shows how bad drugs can be and how damaging they can be not to just yourself but to everyone around you

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  • Pat
  • 2021-05-31

Great book amazing story.

Amazing story i couldn’t stop listening to it. Gave me a lot of insight about addiction and made me look at it in a different perspective. I also enjoyed that mike was the one reading the audio.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-27

Great book

Was able to relate with this book story telling was phenomenal one of my favorite books ever

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-25

Great book !

Good book , cool guy . Would recommend 100% . Dude had a crazy life and pulled through to do something and live a life most of us wish we could live now . Good for him

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  • Dominic
  • 2021-05-25

Worth it… Listened to it in one shot

Listened to the book in one shot and enjoyed it. Came knowing Mike so had an interest already having watched/listened to his content before but regardless would assume anyone would enjoy this story.