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Northbound Treatment Admissions: Addiction Recovery

Whether you are seeking help for yourself or for someone you love, you are likely experiencing one of the most challenging times in your life. From admissions through aftercare, we will work with you and your family every step of the way making the process as stress-free as possible. You already made one of the toughest choices and decided that it was time to reach out for help with addiction or mental health issues. Let Northbound help you navigate the rest

Our Admissions Process is Simple


Get In Touch


Insurance Verification


Travel Coordination


Arrive at Northbound


Start Your Recovery

Step 1:

Upon calling Northbound, you will be connected with an Admissions Representative who will conduct a pre-admission assessment to get to know you, your history and identify your specific needs. These needs could include any limitations that require special attention and co-occurring disorders that will need to be addressed when creating a plan of action.


Step 2:

After getting to know you, we will begin the insurance verification process. After we receive your insurance policy information, if any, we will conduct a preliminary check to review the details of your insurance plan's coverage and answer any questions you may have. Once your benefits have been confirmed, or another form of payment has been established, we will create an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan customized to your needs based on your financial situation.


Step 3:

Whether you are local or traveling from outside the area, our travel coordination team will assist you in making arrangements to get to our facilities. More than half of patients at Northbound Treatment Center travel to our treatment facilities from another state because of our team's expertise in treating many forms of addiction.


Step 4:

When you first arrive at Northbound, you will be assigned a Care Coordinator to help you throughout the evaluation process. During that time, your Care Coordinator is available to answer all of your questions as you meet with doctors, clinicians, and other treatment specialists to review your medical history, perform health assessments, and solidify your customized treatment plan.


Step 5:

Once you and your treatment team decide on your plan of action, you will have the option of meeting with other treatment specialists who are experienced and trained in recommending activities to support you on your journey to recovery. For example, attending our yoga classes to provide relaxation techniques or other recreational activities to help alleviate anxiety, discomfort, or any other symptoms you may be experiencing.


What To Bring

Drug rehab is a huge step on the road to recovery. Spending time in a rehab facility will be challenging yet rewarding. To increase your comfort during your stay, we recommend bringing the following items with you.


We suggesting packing comfortable clothes,  plenty of socks and underwear, sneakers, and shower shoes.


You’re going to need everyday toiletries such as hair products, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. 


The team at Northbound will store your prescription medications and distribute them to you as needed


You might want to bring photos of loved ones as a reminder of those rooting for you.


Be sure to bring a form of ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport, etc.), your insurance card & prescription card.

Contact List

You won’t be permitted to have a cell phone, so we encourage you to bring a list of emergency contacts.

Downtime Items

Many people in rehab bring books, knitting materials, notebooks, cameras, etc., to use during downtime.

A Positive Attitude

It’s important to remain positive throughout this journey. We are here for you every step of the way.

Most Insurance Plans Accepted

At Northbound Treatment Center, our goal is to make sure that anyone in need of drug or alcohol treatment can get help. We accept most major insurance plans. Call us today to learn more about treatment options.

We Are Here for You

At Northbound Treatment Services©, you are not alone. Our addiction recovery clinic creates an environment that supports our clients’ emotional, spiritual, and psychological needs.

Our compassionate staff guides you every step of the way-from answering that first call, to coordinating with your insurance company, to setting up and implementing a treatment plan that’s right for you.

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Northbound Treatment FAQ

We understand that this can be a confusing time and there are many questions to be answered. Entering addiction treatment is a new experience for many people, and every rehab is different. From cost of treatment, to what to expect once you are at Northbound Treatment, our Frequently Asked Questions will provide you with answers to some of your initial questions.

There are three airports near our California facilities in Orange County, California: Orange County Airport (SNA) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) are both about a 30-minute drive, while Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is about an hour away. We would be happy to recommend ways of travel to Northbound. It’s just one way we ease this transition and make the experience as stress-free as possible.
  • Picture ID
  • Insurance card and RX card, if applicable
  • Insurance Subscriber’s Social Security Number and Date of Birth (if applicable)
  • A limited amount of clothing, as we have a limit of two suitcases and one carry-on. Laundry facilities, including supplies, are available for resident use. Irons and ironing boards are accessible, but we suggest bringing wash-and-wear clothing, for convenience. Dry cleaning services are not available.
  • Swimwear
  • Outdoor accessories such as sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, and rain gear
  • Medications, which must be approved by a Northbound Treatment physician. Medicine must arrive in bottles labeled with your name as well as the medicine’s name, dosage, and frequency
  • Supplements, which must arrive in new, unopened containers
  • Electronic devices, including cell phones and laptops -checked in upon admission and returned upon clinical review and approval
A day may include the following:
  • Morning meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Experiential Group Process
  • Yoga or gym
  • Lunch
  • Individual Therapy Session
  • Outside Experiential Group Activity
  • Dinner
  • Outside Support Group Meeting
  • Free time
  • 11:00 p.m. nightly routine and lights out
If you are enrolled in our faith-based LINKS residential program, your day would also include bible study or church attendance.
Yes. Visitors are allowed at Northbound Treatment upon clinical review and approval. Families are strongly encouraged to attend our comprehensive monthly Family Program.

Accommodations are comfortable. You'll have a private or shared bedroom with its own bathroom and shower, kitchen, washer/dryer in the unit.

Yes. Many insurance plans cover a large portion of treatment costs. Our admissions team can talk you through your coverage; call us at (866) 511-2458, 8 AM – 8 PM PT.

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