About Northbound’s Drug And Alcohol Treatment Centers

Our goal is to transform the lives of 10,000 people by 2020

Northbound’s Drug Addiction Treatment is a leading treatment center dedicated to transforming the lives of people struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.

We believe that change is possible. We know firsthand, that while in the depths of addiction and mental health disorders, embarking on the process of recovery can feel overwhelming. We also know that not all treatment programs are created equal and that the right environment and support is critical towards achieving life-long recovery.  We believe that through our proven continuum of care, that we can help you not only overcome addiction, but achieve a fulfilling life beyond what seems possible at the outset of the path to recovery. At Northbound, we are committed to upholding these principles and living our best lives every day. It is not only our mission, but our motivation to help as many people as possible to achieve a successful and fulfilled life beyond addiction.

Our Mission

We assist our clients in celebrating one year of continuous sobriety.

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We believe that history conveys legitimacy, and we have 30 years of transforming lives to prove it.

We’ve become a leader within the treatment industry. We’ve created a place where all individuals are guaranteed a feeling of trust and safety. Whether you’re on staff or someone walking through the door looking for treatment, it is vital to our leadership that organizational health is at the top of our mission objectives.

Our Leadership

Northbound Treatment Services® is comprised of the top doctors, therapists, addiction counselors, psychologists, and clinical social workers, who are passionately committed to helping people achieve long-term recovery from alcoholism and addiction.


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years of combined expertise across the leadership team


of staff are trained in addiction

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“My dedication to you and every person who enters our drug and alcohol treatment center is to give 110% in assisting you in finding your path.”

– Paul Alexander, CEO

Northbound Accreditation

Northbound has received the highest accreditation, licensure & certification available.

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More than 30 years of helping thousands achieve recovery.

Paul Alexander

April 2008

Paul Alexander, certified as an Addiction Treatment Specialist, arrives at NTS® and transforms Marilyn and Bob Stevens’ vision from a local facility into a nationally recognized treatment provider, expanding NTS’® innovative addiction methods beyond its rehab centers in California and onto a national stage.

October 2009

The gender-specific, Christian-based treatment program LINKS opens its doors. The name refers to the “link” between the 12 steps and the principles of Christianity.

Mike Neatherton

July 2010

Mike Neatherton, who shares Paul’s passion for finding new levels of organizational health within the treatment community, leaves his prestigious post as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Betty Ford Center to become the CEO of NTS®.

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Learn More About Northbound Treatment

When and where was Northbound Treatment founded?
We got our start in Costa Mesa, California, in 1988
Who owns and operates Northbound Treatment today?
Paul Alexander owns and operates Northbound Treatment Services®.
Does Northbound Treatment’s expertise lie in detox, or in treating mental health disorders?
We are a licensed facility for chemical dependency and substance abuse recovery, and we treat co-occurring disorders and underlying mental issues.
What is Northbound Treatment’s reputation within the treatment industry?
We have accreditation from the top authorities in the medical industry: The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, and the California Department of Health Care Services.
What makes Northbound different from other treatment programs and centers?
We really stand out when it comes to our addiction recovery success rates—in 30 years we’ve transformed thousands of lives—and our staff, who are unmatched in their passion and expertise. You will experience this high level of care, from the first person you talk to over the phone, to the person who greets you and gives you a tour at admission, to your dedicated therapist and addiction counselor. Our mantra says it all: Our client’s best interest is our best interest.

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.