Stay Connected After Treatment With Our Northbound Treatment Alumni Program

“What Northbound offers is a long-term solution. There is a huge difference between physical abstinence and living in recovery. The Northbound alumni are made up of people in recovery who are emotionally balanced and spiritually fit. We help people find that enlightened state.” “

—Northbound CEO Paul Alexander

The Northbound Treatment 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. They offer guidance and advice, friendship and empathy. They become your family. 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. We host weekly meetings and plan regular fun events, allowing everyone to provide support to one another while on their recovery journeys.


clean and sober active former residents and clients in our Orange County, California Alumni Association.

Welcome to Northbound’s Alumni Program  

Early recovery is challenging. Northbound Treatment’s Alumni Association provides a safe and supportive environment that offers regular activities, events, and service opportunities. 

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Within the past ten years, Northbound Treatment has treated more than 2,000 men and women for addiction; around 650 clients complete our treatment program each year, but their relationship with us doesn’t end when they leave our Seattle St. Louis, or Southern California locations.(Additionally, we host a support group in Menlo Park, California.) We also reach out to alumni members through phone calls, emails, text messages, and social media. Once you are part of the Northbound family, your lasting recovery is our priority. 

While Northbound offers a full continuum of care through our Addiction Services and Treatment Programs, it is vital that relationships remain central throughout sustained recovery even upon your completion of one of our programs. Following up to your last day in treatment at Northbound, our alumni coordinator conducts exit interviews to survey the complete satisfaction level, and also to connect recent participants who have graduated with a local alumni meeting, and to connect them with local Northbound alumni. Our commitment to our recent participants doesn’t stop there, our alumni coordinator continues to check up on recent grads…one week out, ninety days out… six months out, because connection simply put is ‘that’ important for sustained recovery. 

Benefits of the Northbound Treatment Alumni Program

While your family and friends will always be an integral part of your support system, the relationships made during treatment are also essential. Your peers from recovery treatment have a true understanding of your journey. At Northbound, we spend time bonding and having fun with our alumni family, and honor special occasions and sobriety milestones together.

Weekly Dinners

We host alumni meetings at our clinical building in Orange County every Thursday evening, where we often have dinner together. Consider joining us as a guest speaker and enriching our weekly gatherings.

Monthly Movie Nights

We buy tickets for alumni in Orange County to go to a local movie theater on one Wednesday night per month.

Monthly Adventure

Every month, we plan a fun adventure for alumni. Past events include indoor skydiving, K1 speedway racing, mini golf, go karts, bowling, camping trips, concerts, and movies on the beach.

Quarterly Alumni “Mission Possible” Birthday Celebrations

Family, staff, alumni, clients, friends all come together to celebrate our alumni reaching our mission—one continuous year of sobriety—and beyond, meaning multiple years of sobriety. We host these parties at our main clinical building; there’s dinner and music, provided by our Music Program alumni and staff.

Ongoing Volunteer Work

Alumni are involved in community volunteer work, such as neighborhood cleanup. Whether you provide a warm hello, a friendly face or a helping hand, just knowing you made a difference in someone’s life makes it all worthwhile.


Northbound is a Charter Member of Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS)

“Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS) is a professional membership organization that promotes the effective practice of addiction recovery and alumni services by providing a forum for collaboration, innovation, best practices, and personal and professional development.”

– Emili Barbour, Director of Northbound’s Alumni Services

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be a part of the Northbound’s Alumni Program if I didn’t receive treatment from their program?

Yes, Northbound has strong ties with the recovery community and prides on being a resource for anyone looking for a safe place to find fellowship and fun. Anyone who is in recovery or has a loved one in recovery is welcome to join our alumni meetings and activities.

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.