John Volken Academy - Seattle in Kent, WA

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921 North Central Avenue
Kent WA 98032

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The John Volken Academy gives residents the opportunity to overcome alcohol and drug addiction, as well further their education, receive extensive career training and adopt healthy and sober lifestyles. The long-term residential substance abuse rehab provides treatment for young men and women aged 19-34, giving them the tools and skills they need for a happy and successful life in sobriety.

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  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

  • Individualized Treatment
    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

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John Volken


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John’s first step to achieve the Foundation’s purpose was to establish WelcomeHome, a long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment facility that not only helps its members overcome their addictions, but also teaches them many important, necessary, and valuable life-skills, so that they develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Recently, the Foundation’s Board of Director’s, in honor of its founder, changed the name of the treatment facilities to the John Volken Academy. There are currently 3 John Volken Academies, in Vancouver, Phoenix, and Seattle. These facilities not only offer one of the most effective treatment programs, but also one of the most affordable. Other than a relatively small one-time admittance fee, the entire costs of the program, as well as all members’ basic living costs while in the program, are paid for by John’s Foundation. 360 Guide

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With three locations in the U.S. and Canada, John Volken Academy provides long-term residential treatment to young men and women, ages 18 to 32, who are seeking treatment for substance use disorder. It is one of the 93 (23.5 percent) of treatment facilities in Washington that offer treatment for young adults. Detox is not available on site.


Treatment at John Volken Academy can last anywhere from two to five years. The average stay is 28 months, which makes it one of Washington’s 33 (8.3 percent) of long-term treatment facilities. The program uses a therapeutic community model, which is designed to facilitate change in individuals via peer-to-peer interaction, accountability, and support.

At the center of the John Volken Academy’s philosophy is the belief that addiction recovery relies on four elements: the underlying cause of addiction must be resolved; sufficient time for healing must be allowed; a new lifestyle, attitude, and behaviors must be adopted; and the tools necessary to handle life’s challenges must be adopted. Clients are taught how to create a solid foundation for recovery by strengthening their life skills in seven key areas of development: mental, physical, financial, emotional, social, spiritual, and vocational.

Program participants are referred to as students and must progress through six-tiered treatment levels in order to graduate. Days are spent at the facility's Life Skills Training Center (LTC), which provides individual counseling, group therapy, community activities, and workshops. Only 132 (33.3 percent) of Washington’s facilities offer work training or counseling. Students are also given the opportunity to enroll in online courses to get their GED and/or pursue post-secondary education opportunities.


The treatment team includes a broad range of addiction professionals and healthy-living specialists. The organization’s founder, John Volken, is an entrepreneur and philanthropist.


All students live together in a cooperative environment and typically have one or two roommates. Three healthy meals and two snacks are provided daily. There is a large skill training facility supported by smaller dispersed work areas for specific jobs. There is an education center as well with computers and other resources needed for academic studies.


At the time of this writing, eight loved ones have submitted positive feedback about their experience with the John Volken Academy. Reviewers described the program as effective and affordable. Noel wrote representatively: “We could never have afforded such lasting care and education and work experience and watchful guidance as he has gotten from any other facility anywhere!”


The John Volken Academy is sponsored by private charitable foundations, meaning that treatment is free except for a one-time intake fee of $5,000. It is one of three (0.8 percent) of treatment facilities that have means of funding other than self-pay or insurance.

Published on June 2019

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The life of our grandson was saved by the John Volken Academy. He worked hard to complete his application, and all of us in the family were so thankful when he was accepted to the long-term treatment that is offered there. We could never have afforded such lasting care and education and work experience and watchful guidance as he has gotten from any other facility anywhere! He has been there for two years now, and is working toward graduation.. Thank you, John Volken. Thank you, Academy staff. Thank you, God, for helping us find JVA.


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After a long cycle of traditional rehab, relapse, traditional rehabs again and again, my son found John Volken Academy. What a difference this unique program has made! I truly don’t know if my son would be alive today without the skills and heart-change resulting from the principles and processes of this program.


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My husband and I have been volunteers and mentors at the Kent JVA for 2 years now. The facility is outstanding, very new and clean. We eat with them now and then, and the food has always been plentiful and delicious. I am so impressed with these young men and their dedication to becoming the men they were meant to be. I have great respect and admiration for the students and for those who run this great program.


If this program was not shared to me by a complete stranger, through a friend, our son was down the path of destruction. All that the program stands for: Accountability, structure, honesty, self-worth/confidence, to name a few, have virtually transformed our son into someone we lost 12 years ago! The tools to prepare for the real world afterwards are in place (college online classes, insurance, Driver's License and work opportunities). We are truly grateful to those managing and administering this successful program. John Volken (Founder) is a man with a vision of showing others how one's life can be turned around.


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It was a miracle recovery for our grandson


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An unbelievable gift to our family and I wish more people were aware of this option. Once the desire for help is real, JVA is the best partner you can imagine. They save lives and we are forever grateful!


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This program saved my son's life! I honestly don't have one negative thing to say about it. We have been at other rehabs and there is a no comparison. They completely strip their lifestyle and rebuild it from the ground up. They emphasize hard work, peer support, honesty, accountability and much much more. John Volken is the most selfless man I've ever met. He is truly in this to help addicts, in his words "addicts have a song to sing," and this program gives them the chance to sing that song. How do you thank someone who provides a program that saves your son's life and asks nothing in return? There are no words.


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A unique program that not only helps with addiction but teaches responsibility and important life skills for long term success

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