Impact & Reach

There is an addiction epidemic in our country and Northbound Treatment is working to affect change… every day, by helping individuals across the United States overcome addiction.  

64,000 |

Number of Americans who die from drug overdoses each year, or 175 deaths per day. This is about 13,000 more deaths than are caused

400% |

Increase in overdose fatalities over the past decade, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

50% |

Percentage of overdose deaths caused by opioids, a class of drugs including Heroin, Vicodin, Oxycontin and Fentanyl

20.8 Million |

Number of people in the U.S. age 12 and older who experienced a Substance Use Disorder in the past year

80 % |

The percentage of the world’s opioid supply consumed by Americans

How We’re Changing This

Our comprehensive continuum of care has supported thousands of individuals to overcome addiction disorders and substance abuse. At Northbound, we strive to show individuals how to overcome addiction and offer help to those who suffer from underlying mental health disorders that prevent them from leading fulfilling lives. 

These are the things that make Northbound’s Addiction and Recovery Programs different.

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Evidence Based Practices

We use proven methodologies to combat addiction including trauma-informed care, DBT, Music Therapy, Psychoeducation, Psychiatry and much more.

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Full Continuum of Care 

We treat people from Detox to Residential to Outpatient through long-term support.

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Top Rated Professionals

At Northbound, we have clinically sophisticated staff that are driven by our mission to affect change, extremely passionate in the work that they do, and operate from a place of trust and transparency.

“We believe in long-term recovery. At Northbound, we treat the entire family system and we show people that participate in our program how to live a life in recovery. We show them how to succeed in life. And we especially show them how to enjoy life.”

—Paul Alexander, CEO

“We believe in long-term recovery. At Northbound, we treat the entire family system and we show people that participate in our program how to live a life in recovery. We show them how to succeed in life. And we especially show them how to enjoy life.”

-Paul Alexander, CEO

Using Data to Improve Northbound Treatment’s Programs Quality

We use data to evolve and improve our Programs each year. Northbound Treatment is committed to measuring our results and reporting these results to our Partners as we consider transparency central to our success. This includes developing rigorous methods in a reciprocal partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) that provides meaningful 3rd Party data compilation that analyzes Northbound Treatment’s ongoing impact and reach. Led by Jeremy Goldbach, Northbound Treatment has enlisted USC to analyze data compiled from our Outcomes questionnaire that is distributed to participants in all of our treatment programs and completed upon admissions, upon 30 days in one of our programs and upon discharge, across our full continuum of care.   

Our Outcomes questionnaire, that all participants enlisted in one of our Programs completes, gathers intel across a number of domains: 

  • How satisfied is someone with our program and level of care? 
  • Is that individual having trouble falling asleep while in Residential Treatment with us? 

USC puts this format into a digestible benchmarking that is designed to measure the quality of Northbound Treatment’s Programs across the treatment industry. We have purposefully enlisted a 3rd party outside firm that is dedicated to research in order purposefully and intentionally validate these results annually that then cross-informs our Clinical Team , from our alumni coordinator to our clinical director, where we analyze the effectiveness of our treatment in order to improve our quality of care.

Our Outcomes are then utilized anonymously at a Master’s level in an effort to cross-inform our peers in hopes that other rehab treatment facilities will emulate Northbound’s commitment to quality of care and efficacy in helping as many people as possible to overcome an addiction. 

A 2015 outcomes study conducted by Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker (who is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work), Dr. Jeremy Goldbach (who is a professor at University of Southern California’s School of Social Work), and Dr. Laura Hopson (who is a professor at the University of Alabama School of Social Work), showed the following:

Northbound Treatment’s Impact & Reach

Covered by
6 months – 1 year, clients
of Northbound see
outcomes > 90%*
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Participants reported
abstinence from
alcohol > 95%*
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97% significant
reduction in depressive symptoms and anxiety*
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Qualification of Joint Commission – the industry’s gold seal standard
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Participants reported
abstinence from
illicit drugs > 97%*
were more regularly
employed* (worked more
days on average per month).

Tracking our Impact and Sharing Results, from the Mouths of Those Who Have Experienced Northbound Firsthand

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“You set your goals and accomplish them while Northbound staff stand by your side and help you develop for life after your stay.”

– Josh C

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“They give you the tools and advice to stay sober. And they are all like another family!” 

– Lena C.

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“I wouldn’t have the life I have today without the help of everyone at Northbound Treatment Center.”

– Jordan J. 

Impact & Reach

Northbound Treatment treats young adults and their families who may be struggling with addiction from across the United States. With locations in Southern California, our foundational programs and signature services are 100% tailored to the needs and complexities of each individual who walks through our doors. 

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Our Code of Ethics

Our mission is to assist our clients in celebrating one year of continuous sobriety. In order to continue to impact as many lives as possible, we adhere to a strict set of core values, operating principles, and bold goals.

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

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.