February 9, 2018

Fake Oxy

With so much going on in the world today, worrying about a new drug being exposed to our children should be the last thing on anyone’s minds. Unfortunately, fake Oxycodone, or […]
January 22, 2018

My Son’s Killer

My son’s suicide note explained the cause of his death. “I want to die. My soul is already dead. Marijuana killed my soul + ruined my […]
October 19, 2017

Isolation vs Connection: The Rat Park Experiments

There were times in my addiction when I was surrounded by friends, people, and parties. The drinking was social and the drugs were recreational. I am […]
September 22, 2017

What Do I Do With My Child?

College can be an exciting time for many young adults; it is where they experience many firsts, including a new lifestyle, friends, roommates, exposure to new […]
September 22, 2017

I’m Not Broken

If modern medicine does one thing well, it’s making labels for human conditions. There are many new syndromes and diseases, many new pills and treatments. Well, […]
August 9, 2017


My experience here at the John Volken Academy (JVA) has been in many ways the hardest and best experience I have had in my whole life. […]
June 21, 2017

Hope Floats through drug addiction

Drug addiction is a scary thing. I remember sitting in class when as a kid and listening to the traumatic stories about what drug addiction did […]
April 20, 2017

Prescription Drugs were my Gateway

  It started with prescription drugs. Pills were my answer to every problem. If I was tired, I took a pill. If I couldn’t sleep, I […]
March 29, 2017

Responding to Drug Use

Talking to your child about the pressures of drug use is key to prevention, however you may have found that they have already tried drugs. If […]