Too many individuals relapse because the most essential part needed for life-long sobriety is not being considered.

The tools necessary to handle life’s many challenges must be developed.

Getting sober is one thing – not to relapse is the challenge.

it is absolutely necessary to acquire the tools and skills needed for long-term sobriety.Some of these tools offered to participants are:

  • To see obstacles not as problems but as challenges
  • The ability to face inconvenient realities
  • Accountability for one’s accounts
  • Practice in self-control
  • Developing self-confidence and self-worth
  • Cooperate with others

Learning and Education

Encouraging participants to further their education is an integral part of our men’s and women’s substance abuse treatment programs.

Once settled in our treatment facility, students spend approximately three hours per day, Monday through Friday, on advanced studies. The success rate is awesome. Many students who used to struggle in school are now excelling in their education. In their pursuit of excellence, they are pushing themselves academically and developing strength in areas they never imagined possible.

Adopting a New Lifestyle

To maintain a life of sobriety, it is paramount that the individual adopt a healthy new lifestyle. This requires developing proper social skills, life skills, and vocational skills. Additionally, it requires changing one’s attitudes, behaviors, and values. The John Volken Academy program teaches how to set boundaries, communicate effectively, and get along with others in a positive manner. Students are constantly involved in social activities with other students, in the workplace and within the community. They repair relationships with friends and family. They learn acceptable work ethics. They learn how to speak in public and become comfortable in any social setting. They learn all aspects expected from a well-adjusted, contributing individual. This process takes a great deal of time, practice, and expertise. Adopting an entirely new way of living in a short period of time is simply unrealistic. This is why our inpatient substance abuse programs provide the best possible outcome.

"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