September 11, 2018

Empower Lunch Hour

Join a passion purpose community event where you can mix, mingle and meet new people who are making a difference. Bring a colleague or friend and […]
February 23, 2018

Delaying Action Costs Lives

If a child says he or she is seriously considering suicide or has just made a suicide attempt, immediate treatment at an emergency room may be necessary.  […]
February 10, 2018

Suicide does not discriminate

Each day, an average of 12 young people commit suicide in the United States, leaving behind devastated family and friends. Most youth show clear signs of their […]
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

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, […]
September 21, 2017

When Parenting Became My Job, It Almost Cost Us Our Marriage

Anyone who ever said parenting is a full time job hit the nail right on the head. I always swore it wouldn’t be my full time […]
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 […]