Program participant Success Stories

Thousands of testimonials have been received from John Volken Academy participants.

Here are just a few excerpts taken from their letters.

“I went through 9 different programs with NO SUCCESS. I literally hoped I would die. The John Volken Academy SAVED MY LIFE! I cannot thank you enough for what you have done, in not only my life, but my family’s as well.”

“Thank you! Not for SAVING MY LIFE, but for giving me A LIFE WORTH SAVING.”

“I WAS LOST and just wanted to die. I had no idea how MEANINGFUL my life could be…The John Volken Academy has CREATED A NEW PERSON.”

“When I came to the John Volken Academy I was a complete mess, I could not sit still, nor could I think straight…IF I CAN TURN MY LIFE AROUND ANYBODY CAN.”

“I have GROWN SIGNIFICANTLY…I have had to change things about myself that I didn’t even know needed fixing.”

“I should have been dead a few times. After failing at 7 treatment centers, I FOUND MY RECOVERY at the John Volken Academy l—THE LONG-TERM PROGRAM THAT WORKS. It literally saved my life…Now I have been sober for 4 years. I am EXCITED about life.”

“If it wasn’t for the John Volken Academy, I’D BE LUCKY to be in jail—I’d probably be dead.”

“I have learned to laugh, cry, serve, and so much more. The friends I have made will last a lifetime. My LIFE HAS BEEN SAVED.”

“Many of my misunderstandings about myself and people have CHANGED SO MUCH, I don’t know how I could have thought differently.”

“Your program has CHANGED ME from a lying, drug abusing, criminal, to a respectable, trustworthy, HAPPY man. I have found myself, my purpose, good friends…and for that I am forever GRATEFUL.”

“My parents spent over $100,000 on rehabilitation programs. All wasted. The John Volken Academy taught me HOW TO STAY SOBER…My parents say it’s a MIRACLE.”

A Parent’s Perspective

We also have hundreds of testimonials from parents and family members who saw a complete transformation in their loved ones after graduating from our substance abuse rehab

“I contemplated suicide, even held a loaded pistol to my head…Thank you, thank you, thank you… I now have an awesome job and a VERY HAPPY LIFE.”

“I weighed 360 pounds, took a handful of pain pills every day, and smoked and drank constantly…Now I am a ROLE MODEL to my fellow man.”

“I drank until I couldn’t feel and took pills that made me feel numb. I have been in and out of different treatment centers and nothing has worked for me…The John Volken Academy has molded me into the man I have ALWAYS WANTED TO BE.”

“I have learned to laugh, cry, serve, and so much more. The friends I have made will last a lifetime. My LIFE HAS BEEN SAVED.”

“My emotions have been treated in THE BEST WAY.”

“I would most likely be buried next to my mother in Red Deer. The people, the places, the drugs I abused would have ended my life. MY LIFE WAS SO OUT OF CONTROL, so chaotic, that I literally lived hour to hour not knowing or caring if death was around the corner.”

“I truly BELIEVE IN THIS PROGRAM with all my heart, now that my heart is working properly…The John Volken Academy has TAUGHT ME to let go of my past and start a brand-new slate.”

“I cannot express just how GRATEFUL I am for your program. I HAVE GROWN mentally, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually…I know God has a plan for me.”

“Has it been easy? No. But HAS IT BEEN WORTH IT? DEFINITELY!”

“The John Volken Academy has molded me into THE MAN I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE. I have learned so much about the Academy; Work ethics, communications skills, and leadership qualities to name just a few.”

“I tried and failed at many recovery programs…This program has changed my thinking, attitude, and behaviors. I’M A DIFFERENT PERSON. I like myself…words are difficult for me to describe how I truly feel about the John Volken Academy…I AM BLESSED.”

“I wish that people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol knew that there was HOPE AND AN ABUNDANT LIFE waiting for them…I tried to get clean for years.”

“I hated joining a program, but I hated my life even more. All that hate TURNED TO LOVE.”

“I kept myself imprisoned and a slave to my addiction…I really don’t know how I’ve made it that far…Thank you for providing A SAFE AND STRUCTURED PLAN…I love you…Thank you for BELIEVING IN ME.”

“No one thought I’d ever clean up and make something of myself…Writing this letter is proof that I BEAT ALL ODDS.”

“Before I came to the John Volken Academy I determined that my life was hopeless and I would die addicted to heroin. My addiction has not only destroyed my life but my family’s as well. Today I want to preach to the world that TRUE RECOVERY IS ATTAINABLE.”

"We were in a really tough spot with our daughter. She wouldn't take any advise from us and she was going down a dark path. We knew there were programs out there, but most had two limitations: 1) high monthly cost, and 2) ineffectiveness. Most were short-term programs that just focused on abstinence.
We needed something more, and something we could manage budget wise. John Volken Academy was/is the perfect fit. A 2 yr program that focuses on mental and emotional well being as well as the physical side. Our daughter will return home soon, and we can tell from our regular contact with her that there has been a LOT of change and it is genuine.
If you are in the same spot we were two years ago, PLEASE look into JVA. It will definitely change your life and the life of your loved one."

J Shep

"My son entered the John Volken Academy 15 months ago. The Academy has changed his life. He is far from the young man who first entered the program. He is the person that I always knew he was capable of being, he is no longer trapped in his addiction. The John Volken Academy has given me my son back. I have loved watching his transformation take place over the months that he has been there. His self-esteem and confidence has grown immensely. He has learned and gained life skills that will serve him for the rest of his life. If you have a loved one that is suffering with an addiction, call the JVA, speak to them and learn about their therapeutic community approach. They have saved the lives of so many men and women.
I can not thank them enough!"
Jane Brignone

"I’m writing as a sister who has taken her brother to other rehab programs. This is an incredible program. It’s a two year program which makes sense because fighting addiction is a life commitment not just a week/month rehab and you’ve got things figured out. They have a work program which helps cover the cost as well as looks fantastic on a resume as one transitions from the rehab phase of recovery. To see my brother hit the very bottom, decide to try out another rehab center and then being one of the work program’s best employees. It’s amazing. I did not think I would see my brother hold down another job or even live long enough to resemble the person he once was. Now he is excited for life, has been taking courses in the program to start a business that he has always dreamed out. If you’re reading this far into a review then you have been through a lot, your world has shifted dramatically and you’re doing your best. This is a serious option and for our family it has been the best program and the best price (which unfortunately is a factor). My heart goes out to you as you push through this part of your journey."
Meghan Palmer