Mike Bayer is intimately acquainted with hitting all-time low. When he was 20, Bayer was within the throes of a methamphetamine habit.
“I had gone from being a walk-on for the basketball team at Fordham University to a zombie who was completely out of touch with reality and existing in a state of pure paranoia. It actually got to the point that I was convinced I was possessed by the devil,” he writes in his new book “Best Self: Be You, Only Better” (Dey Street Books), out now.
One day, he noticed himself — actually noticed himself — in a lavatory mirror and was shocked by the face that regarded again. Shortly after that, he obtained sober. Bayer, a “Dr. Phil” contributor who is often known as Coach Mike, now helps individuals with their very own habit and substance abuse points. He’s the CEO and founding father of CAST Centers, which gives remedy for an array of mental-health and habit points. An authorized alcohol- and drug-abuse counselor and life coach, Bayer has labored with scores of celebrities; Joe Jonas has credited Bayer for saving his life.
In “Best Self,” Bayer helps readers determine what’s holding them again — from the identification of what he calls a individual’s “anti-self” (ie., the worst model of ourselves) — and see how one can make constructive adjustments to begin the yr on the fitting foot. The book is accessible, and Bayer’s constructive, direct and relatable model makes change appear possible, relatively than overwhelming.
Join Bayer (and yours really!) for a Q&A and book occasion on Jan. 16 from 6-8 p.m., HarperCollins, 195 Broadway. Tickets are $35 and may be bought on-line at nypost.com/BestSelf