Mike Lindell, inventor of MyPillow and ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, spent many years addicted to cocaine but has been sober for nearly nine years now.
Lindell, whose pillow idea came to him in a dream, struggled with his addiction until 2009, when he says God took away his desire for drugs and it never returned.
The pillow project kept Lindell's cocaine addiction at bay, but it never went away entirely. "And then I got into crack cocaine," he admits. During this time, Lindell's marriage broke up, he lost his house, and he almost lost his business.
On Jan. 16, 2009, "I had one prayer that night," he said. "God, I want to wake up in the morning and never have the desire again."
Lindell was convinced that God had bigger plans for him, because his business was starting to do well. "I woke up the next day — and you've got to realize this is years of crack addiction — I go, 'Wow, something's different.'"
He said that was the beginning of his sobriety. His desire for any form of cocaine "was just gone."
After finding sobriety, Lindell went on to make millions with his pillows.
Over the last six years, Lindell estimates he's spent $100 million on infomercials. The results? He's sold 30 million pillows, and revenues have grown from around $100,000 a year to close to $300 million.
Though Lindell has found financial success, he has run into a few snags along the way -- the state of California sued him for making false health claims and the Better Business Bureau dropped him to the lowest rating they have:
Then the Better Business Bureau revoked MyPillow's A+ grade, turning it into an F. The reason? The company's never-ending 2-for-1 price "deal," which goes against BBB standards because Lindell is manufacturing his own product and is therefore his own wholesaler.
But Lindell believes the move was political. He’s a Trump supporter.
Trump asked to meet Lindell last summer, and the president highlighted MyPillow as a great example of manufacturing jobs in the United States. Lindell was even invited to the White House and sat next to Trump at a "Made in America" event. Lindell was impressed. "This guy is going to be the most amazing president in history."