Unlike most recovery programs that only range between one to three months of treatment, The Volken Academy offers long-term rehabilitation lasting a minimum of two years -- what many experts believe is the required time to fully treat an addiction.
During their stay at the Volken Academy, students receive: intensive group therapy, life-skills training, regular feedback/progress reports, well-balanced meals, needed clothing, legal assistance, public speaking training, comfortable accommodations, career training, advance in Secondary or Post-Secondary Education.
The John Volken Academy addiction recovery program is modeled after the therapeutic community approach to addiction treatment, providing students with healthy life-style changes needed to live successful and sober lives – forever! The treatment programs are supported by a board of directors and receives consultation from addiction professionals and healthy-living specialists. Combining the therapeutic community approach with professional guidance makes this program extremely effective and truly life-changing.
Students learn to think and make rational decisions. They broaden their knowledge through educational workshops that teach literacy, resume writing, debating, current events, legal matters, music, nutrition, computers, as well as many other subjects. They watch educational films, are encouraged to read, and continually communicate on positive and motivating topics, particularly ones which are intellectually stimulating. Students may also complete their High School equivalent (GED) and take post-secondary education courses.


Treatment Duration: 730 days
Programs for Men
Adult Programs
Young Adult Programs
Smoking Prohibited


After a one-time intake fee 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. Participants pay close to $5,000 for the two-year program in addition to their work to cover boarding and lodging.

Level of Care:

Holistic Treatment:

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Students at the John Volken Academy develop mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. In doing so they acquire the tools essential to live without drugs and alcohol –for life!


Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.

Treatment Focus:

Substance Abuse:

Substance rehabs focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.

Opioid Addiction:

Opioid rehabs specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Therapy Programs:

Individual Therapy:

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Group Therapy:

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Equine Therapy:

Equine therapy, aka equine-assisted therapy (EAT), is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions and activities with horses. It does not necessarily involve riding horses, but all activities related to horses, such as feeding, grooming, haltering and leading them. A mental health professional frequently oversees the activities (often in conjunction with a horse professional), and helps patients process their thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns during and/or after the interaction.

Motivational Interviewing:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a clinical approach to helping people with substance abuse issues and other conditions shift behavior in positive ways. It is more goal-oriented than traditional psychotherapy, as MI counselors directly attempt to get clients to consider making behavioral change (rather than wait for them to come to conclusions themselves). Its primary purpose is to resolve ambivalence and help clients become able to make healthy choices freely.

Life Skills:

Being able to obtain a job, keep a job, and excel in a job, is the most fundamental aspect for maintaining sobriety for their students. As such, vocational development is a major component of the John Volken Academy. Their social enterprises called Life-Skills Training Centers (LTCs) are an integral part of their treatment Program and have been created to prepare students to become valuable employees. At the LTCs students receive extensive job and career training in real-life settings in a variety of enterprises.

Nutrition Therapy:

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Creative Arts Therapy:

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.


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Last Updated: 01/22/2018