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John Volken Academy

126601 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, Arizona, 85249
The John Volken Academy is a long-term residential rehab that follows a therapeutic community model to treat alcohol and drug addiction. The facility believes that peer-to-peer interaction, support and accountability is crucial when it comes to recovery. The Academy also helps individuals make healthy lifestyle changes while encouraging them to further their educations and/or career paths. Led by a team of addiction professionals, healthy-living specialists and psychologists, clients are guided through four “essential elements” for a successful recovery (the cause, sufficient time, a new lifestyle and necessary tools). Once completed, clients (who are referred to as “students” at the Academy) graduate as responsible, contributing members of society, with the will and the tools to become the best that they can be.

Facility Highlights

  • Valuable Workshops
  • Career Training
  • Leadership Skills Development

Specialization

  • Individual Therapy

    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

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Meet the Staff

  • John Volken
    John VolkenFounder
    John is often asked about his charitable work. His answer is simple “Helping others has brought me tremendous joy and satisfaction. I believe that once we have provided for our families, we should then work for the good of all; whether it be the arts, amateur sports, public office … whatever you may choose. There are so many opportunities to make this a better world. Personally, I am motivated by Matthew, chapter 25, verse 40: In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

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I spent 2 years there. Only one person I met there has stayed sober after leaving. Most end up worse. Since leaving out of the guys I met there. 15 people have died on site or when they leave or graduate. 10 that I know of are in prison. Everyone else that I can get a response from have gone harder into drugs because of what they were dealing with before is now compounded with the trauma they got from that place. Most don’t stay sober during their time there to begin with. leaving worse off emotionally and mentally and their addictions get worse. AThe JVA encourages blame of the student for their relapse or inability to function. And deflects any responsibility. By instilling this idealized guarantee that graduating will fix everything forever to families struggling to deal with their loved one whos behavior they can’t trust. To graduate entails spending a minimum of 2+ years working for with no income or ways to pay off any real life bills or debt or accrue a savings. Leaving you financially worse off and less equipped to handle life’s demand and an economy that doesn’t care what you did with the time you weren’t a part of it. Technology moves too fast to be cut off from it for that long and expect to be hireable in any position besides manual labor. That feeling off inadequacy and inability to meet the requirements of the real world just adds into the ptsd from going through what you’re forced to in there. 24/7 you are subjected to a program that uses emotional abuse and mental torture to make you emotionally abuse and mentally torture someone else to survive and maintain luxuries like food and sitting or breaks. As well as graduation timeline. Being held back not only puts you back down the social ladder,. It adds on time you’re required to be there to graduate. That’s how they’re “self run” with no proper staff. It’s a essentially a shelter Ponzi scheme preying on distressed LDS families and desperate people looking for help. No clinical staff or supervision. Using cultish tactics cutting off new students from any form of communication to the outside world, taking away their clothes and shaving their head. And breaking down/brainwashing someone at their lowest point. When they have no self confidence or worth and family that, understandably, doesn’t trust them. John Volken feeds a false promise to scared families and uses their children as labor for the for profit companies under the Volken umbrella. Every month during his “message for life” to the students. The first discussed topic every month is about how we aren’t making enough money and he would be on a yacht in Hawaii if he wasn’t such a saint. “Therapists” at the facility are the other students. No oversight or 3rd party professionals caretakers employed. Anyone on “staff” is just a senior student. The program uses an elitist system where “time in program” = power and respect. New students are demanded not to talk and listen/do anything an “older brother” tells them to do no matter what. And if you don’t you’ll be punished. Using bullying and peer pressure as the driving factor behind the “pull up” system that holds everyone “accountable”. Fear of the basic human rights you have left being taken away due to pull up punishments creates an environment of distrust and more addictive behaviors. As well as creating ptsd that makes transitioning out and adjusting to the world again extremely difficult. But they’ll do everything to make it look great on paper. And the insane manipulation had me do it too. You’re not allowed to talk negatively about the program. When Darren killer himself on property. The only thing John volken said on the subject was point to a line in the student manual that says you are not allowed to talk about anyone who has not graduated. Don’t even mention them by name.
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This place is the worst. The program directors use the addicts to line their own pockets. The managers lie to their customers. They sell rehab donations for cash. Managers were on drugs when I attended and someone even overdosed. I came here for help, none was given. Beware of this place.
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This program is outstanding! The facilities are nothing short of amazing. The focus, discipline and life-changing program is effective. The program is long-term and provides skill sest and values which carry through for long term recovery.
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My brother is at JVA and it most certainly has changed his life. Our entire family is so grateful for this opportunity and I would recommend anyone seeking treatment to go here!
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My son will be graduating this program in a few months. Yes, it has been tough for him, and also me, as his parent. That being said, it makes me so proud to see the person he has become. He has had complaints along the way, but, I see that as unavoidable. He spent a lot of years as an addict, and no help for his future. This program saved his life. Thank you JVA!