You have questions, we have answers.

When it comes to the medical and legal aspects of the program, we are sure you might have many questions. We’ve included the most common questions and answers here.

Are students of JVA insured?

All John Volken Academy students at our Arizona and Washington locations are insured through state insurance, which allows them to see a doctor, have access to free medications (if needed), and have regular dental checkups and cleanings. Students attending our Canada location may be covered by BC medical or other provincial insurance rules. Please find this out before your admission to the program.

Do you accept individuals who are on probation or are coming from a jail/prison facility?

Yes, we accept individuals who are on probation as well as individuals coming here as an alternative sentence to jail.

Do you have professionals on staff?

Our program has been designed and developed by addiction professionals and healthy-living specialists. By combining the Therapeutic Community approach with professional guidance, our program is extremely effective and truly life-changing. Our program is diligently instituted through peer to peer participation with guidance and direction from our Program Directors and other paid staff.

Why no clinical staff on-site?

A Therapeutic Community does not require addiction professionals on-site as we follow and enforce a professionally prepared program designed to be run by students, for students.

Do you offer medical detox?

We do not offer medical detox. If you are interested in coming to the John Volken Academy and feel you may require medical detox, we will advise you to get the medical assistance you need before entering our program.

Am I allowed to smoke cigarettes or use nicotine products while in the program?

Nicotine replacements are tolerated at the beginning of the program.

Are you able to treat people with dual diagnosis?

We accept students with dual diagnosis on a case-by-case basis. This can be further discussed with the Program Director at the location you will be attending.

Do you accept individuals in drug replacement therapy programs?

In our Surrey, British Columbia location, we do accept people on some drug replacement therapies; please ask the Program Director for more information. We do not accept students on any drug replacement programs in our Seattle Washington location or our Phoenix Arizona location.

"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