Northbound Treatment: Our History

Over 30 years Northbound Treatment has helped thousands achieve recovery and helped them go on to live fulfilling, healthy, successful lives.

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.


  • Costa Mesa, California


    Northbound Treatment was originally founded under the name National Therapeutic Services (NTS®), today known as Northbound Treatment Services®, by Marilyn and Bob Stevens. That same year, Marilyn and Bob open an Intensive Outpatient Program called the RAP Center, located in sunny Costa Mesa, California.
  • 1991

    Northbound Treatment becomes one of only three treatment centers that has dual-diagnosis for both drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Northbound Treatment in 1995


    NTS® progresses in its goal of helping people transition from recovery to leading a successful life by opening Joshua House, a licensed 12-bed Residential Treatment Program in Costa Mesa. At this point, the goal of NTS® (including the Rap Center and Joshua House) is to serve the local Orange County community.
  • 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®.
  • Devon Wayt

    August 2010

    Devon Wayt joins NTS®, Inc as Director of Quality and Compliance with an MBA from Pepperdine University.
  • Dr. Edward Kaufman

    February 2012

    Dr. Edward Kaufman joins the Northbound Treatment clinical staff as Medical Director. The former president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry is one of the world's preeminent experts on addiction.
  • May 2012

    Joshua House becomes 180 Detox, signifying the evolution of NTS® services from the narrower Residential and IOP or outpatient programs into a full continuum of care. The first step of recovery often starts here at 180 Detox - a step that can take as little as 4 days - and from there goes into our proprietary In Vivo® model in Recovery, which allows those in recovery to live life on life's terms.
  • St. Louis, Missouri

    July 2012

    NTS® opens its second location, in St. Louis, providing joint-accredited Outpatient and Family Services to adults suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders. Located in downtown Kirkwood, Northbound St. Louis provides the latest in evidence-based therapies, extending Northbound's reach to the heartland of the country.
  • Northbound Treatment Services

    October 2012

    National Therapeutic Services is renamed and rebranded as Northbound Treatment Services®, Inc. Our logo is the compass, which symoblizes the transformational journey our staff and clients are on. We will always be working to be better at what we do, just like our clients will always be working on maintaining their sobriety. Together, we are headed in the right direction.
  • 2015

    In Vivo®, our proprietary model of treatment, receives a trademark. This style of treatment means that when ready, people in treatment interact with the outside world. They shop for groceries, go to concerts, drive a car. This independence allows them to face real-world challenges while still having a support system. Our Collegebound® and Careerbound® programs support our In Vivo® model, enabling clients to attend school or hold a job.
  • April 2015

    In 2015, we opened up Wilson House - our licensed residential women's program in Orange County.
  • Seattle, Washington

    October 2017

    We respond to Seattle's opiate crisis by opening Northbound Treatment, close to the Space Needle in the lively Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. We noticed that many clients were traveling to our Orange County center from Seattle and subsequently found that the city was lacking in dual diagnosis treatment centers.
  • Seattle Sober Living

    December 2017

    Sober Living in Seattle opens, furthering our commitment to offering Pacific Northwest clients a full continuum of care.
  • Northbound Treatment Orange County

    February 2018

    A beautiful 23,000 square-foot clinical building opens at our Orange County location, complete with a state-of-the-art gym, a recording studio for our music program, and a wellness room filled with Biosound® massage chairs.
  • “The Grove”

    November 2018

    Northbound Treatment Services opens The Grove - a state of the art, addiction campus in the heart of Orange County. This solidifies Northbound’s commitment to offering evidence based, effective, affordable care to those suffering from addiction & alcoholism in a self-contained residential setting. The Grove is an ASAM certified level 3.7, medically managed, state licensed and certified, joint commission accredited program. Northbound continues to bring many of its services in network with all major insurance companies to benefit its customers as well.