“If I can turn my life
around, anybody can.”

Join a safe and structured community approach to addiction recovery.

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It’s More Than Recovery

Walk alongside others in this holistic, long-term recovery program. Change your lifestyle. Earn an education and career training. Learn more about the Therapeutic Community model and how you can overcome addiction.

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“I’d finally had enough.”

The descent into addiction is almost always coupled with increasing isolation. I don’t know if the worsening addiction leads to the withdrawal from society or vice versa. I just know that as addicts, we push well-meaning people away because of shame and because they interfere with using. The void created by the loss of human connection is the place where addiction’s most powerful chains are forged.

My experiences have convinced me that human connection, support, and healthy relationships are the lifeblood of recovery. John Volken Academy has saved my life.

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Letters From JVA

We invite you to read ‘Letters from The John Volken Academy,’ written from the heart by students and family members who have witnessed the live changing transformation of loved ones. These letters are heart-wrenching, inspiring and pure, written after successful completion of the program.

Names of students have been replaced to protect their privacy.

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‘Skills and Education Scholarships for Students in Recovery’

Our goal is to establish a solid education endowment fund that will provide scholarships for our students in recovery well into the future.


We have partnered with Vancity for this fundraiser. The money raised from this fundraiser will go towards providing employable education to students in recovery at The John Volken Academy. This includes scholarships for college education and vocational school.


To learn more about this initiative, please click on Read More.

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One-Time Intake Fee. That’s it.
The program is free.

The John Volken Academy is funded by private charitable donations, friends of the Academy, supporting businesses and government.

Thanks to this funding, the program is free after a one-time intake fee.

Vancouver, BC, October 21, 2014

His Holiness the Dalai Lama honoured our Founder John Volken with the
Dalai Lama Humanitarian Award for effectively changing lives.

Our Founder

“I believe that once we have provided for our families, we should then work for the good of all; there are so many opportunities to make this a better world.”
– John Volken

Meet John Volken