Intensive Outpatient Program

Northbound Treatment Center understands that recovery is a highly personal, ever-evolving journey. We have challenged ourselves and the status quo to offer as many program options as possible to be able to truly meet each client where they are. Our substance abuse and mental treatment programs in California (Orange County and Newport Beach) provide an intermediate step between our IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) and Addiction Support Services Programs. Participating in our local treatment programs allows individuals to continue solidifying their recovery lifestyle with the ongoing guidance, motivation, and accountability of their treatment team and community of sober peers. When it’s time to look for drug treatment programs in California, it’s important to attend an IOP treatment program you can trust. 

Those who enroll in our outpatient addiction services experience a full continuum of care. Many people battling addiction first start their recovery journey with our Detox and Residential Treatment Programs to solidify their foundation before starting Intensive Outpatient Treatment—which we equate to a fundamental step in maintaining long-lasting sobriety centered in both clinical and emotional support. Because no one’s journey is the same, we offer individualized outpatient program options to meet each person’s needs exactly where they are, whether continuing treatment or seeking outpatient or day treatment. Our signature services—which include Collegebound® for those pursuing education and Collegebound® to ease the transition back into the work workforce—are available throughout all phases of substance abuse treatment, including for those who are enrolled in our Outpatient program. 

What is Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (IOP)?

IOP is an appropriate level of care for those who have a safe and sober living environment to reside in. It is also best for those who already have support back at home. Participants must be safely detoxed from mind-altering substances prior to entering an IOP program. Some clients enter Northbound’s IOP at our local treatment rehab after completing Residential Treatment. Others utilize the intensive outpatient rehab program to refocus on their recovery following a slip or relapse, or as an initial intervention attempt to arrest their addiction. Dual diagnosis treatment is fully incorporated at the IOP treatment program level of care: Those looking to heal from mental health concerns within Northbound’s scope are welcomed with open arms at our local treatment center. With flexible scheduling tailored to the real-life needs of each participant, this outpatient addiction treatment program helps clients build the skills and strategies necessary to live confidently in their recovery. Transitions, challenges, stresses, and successes are met with non-judgmental support and loving yet firm accountability. We make sure to equip those in intensive outpatient rehab with the tools needed to develop a balanced, sustainable recovery lifestyle.

How Long is Intensive Outpatient Rehab?

Many drug treatment programs in California use outpatient addiction services as a way to help people get treatment from their own home. The length of these sessions differs from person to person and typically depends on a couple of factors. A person will typically attend their local outpatient treatment for 6-12 hours every week. This can be the number of hours someone will engage in an Intensive Outpatient rehab every week. 

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What Does Outpatient Addiction Treatment Involve?

With flexible scheduling tailored to the real-life needs of each participant, Northbound’s IOP treatment program helps build the strategies necessary to live confidently in recovery. Participants enrolled in our local outpatient treatment program work with their personal clinical team to develop an individualized schedule that includes:

  • A minimum of nine service hours per week
  • Day, evening, and combination scheduling flexibility (intensive outpatient program schedule)
  • Individual therapy, Group therapy, and psychoeducation
  • Individual case management
  • Recreational and experiential activities
  • 12-Step engagement
  • Psychiatric care as needed
  • Ongoing drug abuse testing
  • Optional concurrent participation in Northbound signature services, including Collegebound®, Careerbound®, LINKS, our Music Therapy, or Trauma Program

Our compassionate team, each an expert in his or her respective fields, is there to guide you through our full continuum of care to achieve our missions in celebrating one year of continuous sobriety.

What is Outpatient Treatment?

Our outpatient addiction services include drug and alcohol rehab centers in Orange County. They provide an intermediate step between our IOP treatment program (Intensive Outpatient Program IOP) and what we call Addiction Support Group Services. Participating in an outpatient addiction treatment program allows you to continue to solidify your recovery lifestyle with our ongoing guidance, motivation, and the accountability of your treatment team, supported by a community of sober peers.

Whether you suffer from drug addiction, alcohol use disorder, or co occurring disorders, our rehab specialists at our treatment facility will help you achieve long-term recovery. Our outpatient addiction services help recovering addicts go through a medical detox followed by rehabilitation. This way, each patient can safely detox and then receive the counseling they need to avoid relapse.

How Long is Outpatient Rehab?

3 – 6 Hours

The number of hours someone will engage in an Outpatient Program every week. At Northbound, we personalize the Outpatient Program to every client based on clinical recommendations at our quality drug treatment facilities in California (Newport Beach and Orange County).

Is an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Program Right for Me or for a Loved One?

Determining the next step in your recovery is not something that you have to do on your own. Northbound helps you decide if either outpatient addiction services are right for you or your loved one. This outpatient addiction treatment program can be tailored to work with the schedule that best suits your recovery needs and provides you with the level of treatment and support that will ensure enduring sobriety. 

How Can I Engage in Faith-Based Counseling?

Northbound’s LINKS program places an emphasis on Christian-based counseling, incorporating the role of faith into problem-solving and working through the challenges that recovery presents. Christianity is a source of strength for many individuals. Christian rehab is an amazing opportunity to put faith into practice and rediscover the power of spirituality. The idea that there is something bigger than us—something more powerful than the individual—can be humbling, centering, and incredibly moving, offering a foundation and infrastructure to the challenges the path to enduring recovery presents. 

What Sets Northbound’s Outpatient Addiction Treatment Program Apart from Other Outpatient Treatment Programs?

Those in the Northbound local outpatient treatment program will work with their clinical team to customize their treatment plan that aligns with their needs and goals by adding any of Northbound’s Signature Services.


This program enables those in treatment to enroll in school—whether that’s a local college, university, or trade school—and includes the guidance and mentoring they need to succeed.


Our proprietary work program empowers those in recovery to secure employment—with the help of a Northbound career counselor—while continuing to thrive in their sobriety at quality drug rehabilitation centers in California.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

The Northbound DBT program is facilitated by our masters-prepared, DBT-trained therapists who help participants explore DBT skills that focus on gaining awareness, understanding, and insight into their own recovery.

Trauma Program

Individuals who have suffered psychological trauma and who are chemically dependent require an integrated treatment approach, so we are focused on identifying and treating trauma symptoms as well as dependency.

Music Program

The music program at Northbound empowers clients to engage with music and promote healing through self-expression, complementing other therapies to create a personalized approach to addiction recovery.

Family Program

Over the course of four days each month, family members come together to reconnect with the person in treatment, repair relationships damaged by drug and alcohol abuse and learn about the roots of addiction.

The Full Continuum of Care at Northbound


The first step toward developing a lifestyle of recovery is becoming substance-free. Northbound is proud to offer a fully licensed drug and alcohol detox center, which provides a safe, supervised environment where clients can achieve abstinence, overcome the symptoms of withdrawal, and begin the healing process. Outpatient drug detox is also available at Northbound’s drug treatment programs in California.


Residential Treatment

Our gender-responsive Residential Programs are a safe, comfortable place where your clinical support team customizes your treatment plan and helps you reach a new, hopeful place in your recovery and life.



The term “outpatient” means that you are no longer living in the building. Our intensive outpatient programs (IOP) requires at least 12 hours a week at our outpatient rehab centers. While our Outpatient Treatment requires less of a time commitment it is no less important to the recovery process. Through Outpatient Programs we see great increases in the likelihood of sustained recovery.

Addiction Support Services

Northbound Treatment’s Addiction outpatient addiction services allow those who have graduated from our Inpatient and Outpatient Programs to adjust to the realities of living a sober life. You are held accountable for your sobriety while increasing your independence and getting back to your family, friends, and those people whom you care for. Please call and talk to one of our mental health services administration staff to see how we can help you.

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.