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Northbound TreatmentThe Basics

Northbound Treatment Services is a mid-level drug and alcohol rehab with dual diagnosis support in Newport Beach, California. Its beautiful, coastal location in sunny Orange County is definitely a plus, and though its price is largely similar to other mid-level rehab offerings, it has a few special perks that set it apart.

Accommodations and Food

Inpatient treatment is gender-segregated and the houses (Virginia for men and Broadway for women) are in nearby Costa Mesa. Both are comfortable and have full kitchens, lounges with HD TVs and outdoor patios with grills (Broadway also has a pool). The housing is about a mile from the beach, and each has room for six clients with private and semi-private rooms.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment plans are largely 12-step based and dual diagnosis friendly, and intervention specialists and on-site detox are available through the OneEighty program. Primary care is a minimum of 30 days, and focuses mostly on gender-specific step meetings with group work and counseling. Northbound has a one-to-one ratio of clients to therapists, counselors and case managers.

The other arm of treatment is on experiential therapy and sober fun, where residents are immersed into the Orange County lifestyle to experience the natural highs it has to offer. Sober fun means rotating weekly activities (an optional one every Thursday and a mandatory one on Sunday), and includes options like sailing, hiking, paint balling and cart racing (for additional fees). Many of these are led by Northbound’s spokesperson, The Hills and Celebrity Rehab star Jason Wahler (an AfterPartyPod guest and one of the best arguments around for how sobriety can change a person).


Where Northbound stands apart is in a few of its specialty programs, including the Christian-based “LINKS,” an option within the core men’s program. This is essentially a 12-step program but with the majority of the Higher Power work coming from The Bible.

Perhaps more universal is Northbound Academy, developed by Paul Alexander, the center’s executive Vice President and COO. Alexander was previously Executive Director at Morningside Recovery and Director of the TEACH Program at Sober Living By The Sea. That TEACH Program, also pioneered by Alexander, was one of the first programs of its kind to focus on integrating higher education into recovery. That approach seems to have now been perfected with Northbound’s Sober Academy, which offers year-round academic help for young adults alongside recovery treatment. This can mean finishing high school or vocational school, as well as enrolling in local community colleges or four-year universities. It also offers a bridge program to assist those going back to work, as well as a fairly comprehensive outpatient program that has meetings four times a week.

In Summary

Though Northbound’s surroundings are beautiful, the focus is on rehabilitation rather than luxury; still, the services its provides are more than thorough in terms of helping clients find recovery.

Northbound Treatment Services Location

4 San Joaquin Plaza #300
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Northbound Treatment Cost

$21,500 (30 days). Reach Northbound Treatment by phone at (877) 674-5907 or by email at Find Northbound Treatment on Facebook and Twitter

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