Northbound Treatment is more than just a rehab
treatment center, it’s a community of partners in rehab.

It is an active community of organizations, doctors, clinicians, universities, and people who have undergone treatment at our Orange County, California facilities. Partners in rehab are critical to our success in the work we do. Whether we are partnering with an organization that aligns with our belief system of “mission over margin” or working side by side with nationally recognized universities in Southern California, our community is critical to our success. Organizations that are committed to having a tangible impact on their community enjoy higher employee morale and a stronger public image. Creating a truly community-integrated treatment plan for all participants in our Programs & Services is intrinsic to what we do.

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University of California at Irvine

The University of California at Irvine(UC Irvine), is Orange County’s most prestigious learning institution, with an active alumni that includes our founder, Paul Alexander. Northbound has helped UC Irvine develop an on-campus recovery program. Many Northbound participants—current and past—are able to attend UC Irvine through our proprietary Collegebound® Program.

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University of Southern California

We have formed a reciprocal collaboration with The University of Southern California(USC), which has provided meaningful 3rd party data compilation that analyzes Northbound Treatment’s ongoing impact and reach.

Additionally, Northbound supports USC through our Collegebound® Program, where we successfully re-integrate students onto campus to graduate and attain their master’s degree in some instances. It’s not simply about scholastic achievement and checking the box on earning your collegiate degrees, our work on campus is also to help collegiate and graduate students re-integrate into life at the University of Southern California, where it’s participating without igniting triggered behavior at collegiate tailgates or managing the stress that comes with being enrolled at a premium university.

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Northbound’s leadership sponsors this organization that’s dedicated to treating children affected by addiction free of charge. Paul Alexander and Mike Neatherton are proud to sponsor BISKIDS (Believe in Sobriety Kids/Believe in Success Kids), a terrific organization that supports children all over Orange County who have been impacted by addiction. Their mission is to break the cycle of addiction with education appropriate for children. In an interactive two-day workshop, licensed therapists educate children about addiction and the important life skills they need to overcome adversity and promote a drug-free lifestyle. “I have seen this program work miracles in children’s lives,” says Alexander.

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CarePossible is making care possible for veterans in need of mental health or addiction treatment, but who are unable to afford it. Our founder, Paul Alexander, is an active board member of CarePossible, helping to organize their two annual fundraisers. The organization raises money for veterans who need mental health or addiction treatment. Veterans have a very high rate of addiction and mental health issues due to PTSD, says Alexander, who points out that the rate of suicide is also high. “Many vets suffer from PTSD and we want to be a part of helping them,” says Alexander. Because of the work of CarePossible, many lives are saved each year.

“I owe everything to Carepossibleand Northbound. I’m a combat veteran that lived with PTSD 9 years.  During those 9 years, I self-medicated to deal with my PTSD. The staff at Northbound gave me my life back. I was able to open up and discuss things, that would otherwise make me want to use. The staff at Northbound made me feel comfortable, safe and secure enough to open up and process the trauma and memories that drove my problems. I’m now two and a half years sober and still very active in AA and continuously learning about myself and improving my life.” – Robert B.

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Our Alumni

The Northbound Alumni Association is a vibrant organization created to maintain a bridge between Northbound, its alumni, and their families. When participating in a treatment program like Northbound, you formulate a life in recovery while constantly supported by your clinical team and peers. Northbound has seen empirically that people have a greater chance of succeeding in recovery if they can maintain those bonds. Northbound’s robust Alumni Association is a testament to this belief system.

Treatment Industry: Our commitment to making the treatment industry ethical locally and nationally

Not every treatment center is worthy of your trust. Northbound Treatment is proud to have accreditation from the industry’s top organizations, which recognize programs for their impact and quality of treatment.

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Paul Alexander, Northbound Treatment’s CEO, sits on the board. NAATP is setting standards nationally within the behavioral healthcare industry by structuring higher standards for their members (health and treatment institutions)

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Devon Wayt, Northbound Treatment’s Chief Operating Officer, sits on the Board of Education. CCAPP is currently putting together an executive certification program that will teach executives how to run an ethical and compliant treatment program.


Northbound’s Innovative InVivo® model  

Through our In Vivo® model, we have successfully and safely integrated thousands of individuals back into the Orange County, California community and beyond. We believe there’s a big difference between living a life of abstinence and living a life that is centered around helping others; becoming spiritually fit, emotionally balanced, happy, fulfilled, and free. 

Local Universities

Orange County Colleges – We’re proud that our residential treatment facilities are situated in an area of Southern California that’s not only rich in natural resources, but also educational resources. Through our Collegebound® Program, we can offer educational opportunities with the following institutions:

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UC Irvine

The University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), is Orange County’s most prestigious learning institution, with an active alumni that includes our founder, Paul Alexander. Northbound has helped UC Irvine develop an on-campus recovery program. Many Northbound participants—current and past—are able to attend UC Irvine through our proprietary Collegebound ®Program.

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Pepperdine University

At Northbound we have faculty that also have enrolled in Pepperdine’s MBA program, known for its commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values that continues to build parallels within our Christian-based Residential Program, LINKS, where students lives are strengthened by their sense of purpose, service, and leadership.

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Chapman University

Northbound is proud to refer many of its residents to the beautiful, palm tree-lined campus of this mid-sized private college.

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Orange Coast College

We are lucky to be a ten-minute drive from one of California’s biggest and best-rated community colleges. Many of our program participants and alumni attend OCC either as a stepping stone to a four-year university, or as a launching point to a successful career.

“There is strong evidence of community-based treatment effectiveness. In addition, continuing care is vital to maintenance of treatment benefit.”

—Phoenix Academy Drug Policy Research Center

Our Community 

Northbound is a vital member of our Southern California community, making positive contributions in a variety of ways.

Supporting the Local Economy

Northbound gives back to our Orange County economy: our employees — from clinicians to doctors to administrators— live in the local community. And through our Collegebound® and Careerbound® Programs, our participants enroll in local schools and work in neighborhood establishments.

Educating Hospitals

Northbound is delighted to share our expertise in treating trauma and addiction with our local hospitals. Key clinicians such as Joanna Filidor, our Director of Clinical Development, visit hospitals to train doctors, nurses and staff in trauma-informed care.

Continuing Education

Northbound hosts conferences for attorneys, doctors, and therapists who are looking to gain Continuing Education Units (CEU). At these events, we educate professionals about all kinds of topics relating to addiction and trauma.

Giving Back

Northbound is proud to be an active member of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce since 2014. Northbound staff and its alumni give back to our community by doing such volunteer work as organizing holiday toy drives and taking part in neighborhood clean-ups.

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.