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John Volken Academy at Recovery Day BC 2017

Face painting, Sobriety Selfies & Celebration! This past Saturday, a group of students from the John Volken Academy attended BC Recovery Day in New Westminster. Despite the persistent rain, there was quite the turnout at [...]

Isolation vs Connection: The Rat Park Experiments

There were times in my addiction when I was surrounded by friends, people, and parties. The drinking was social and the drugs were recreational. I am not trying to suggest that these were entirely healthy [...]

Dear John, “I came here because … [life] as empty as mine was, … no choice but to leave all of it behind”

When students of JVA are near the end of their addiction rehabilitation program, we ask them to write letters to John to reflect on their experience of recovery. Some talk about what brought them here, [...]

The Brain that Changes Itself – Workshop Feedback

Dr. Faranak Farzan was here on July 21st teaching our students a workshop on the brain and how it really can change itself over time because of neuroplasticity. One of our students wrote what he [...]

Student Interview: Drug Addiction Recovery at John Volken Academy has Changed My Life

  August 14, 2017: Students share their daily experiences of addiction recovery at John Volken Academy on Joy TV. The students at John Volken Academy are trained to adopt new attitudes, behaviors and values. They [...]

Conquering Fentanyl Addiction and Alcoholism at the John Volken Academy

Sun, Aug 13: Our students Brett and Troy Amson join Global Calgary to talk about how acquiring job skills helped them overcome fentanyl and alcohol addiction. Learn More Brett was a fentanyl addict and had [...]

Why Do Addicts Relapse?

Let me tell you about my first relapse. After successfully completing a 90-day program, I had the best of intentions to stay sober. I thought I had put in the work, learned the tools, and [...]

Video: Welcome Home Ranch Featured on FOX 10

The Welcome Home Ranch is home to our 2-year program in Arizona. Recovering addicts at this campus get exposed to work therapy, sharing responsibilities and relationship building. In the video above, two of our students, [...]

Dear John, “yourself is not something you find; it’s something you create.”

When students of JVA are near the end of their addiction rehabilitation program, we ask them to write letters to John to reflect on their experience of recovery. Some talk about what brought them here, [...]

How I got addicted to fentanyl and didn’t even know.

My experience with fentanyl started when I was 21 years old. I had been smoking weed on a daily basis, drinking on weekends, and recreationally using cocaine, ketamine, and MDMA. These substances didn't grip me [...]

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