Intensive Outpatient Rehab Program

“I set my goals and accomplished them while Northbound staff stood by my side and help me develop a life.”

— Josh C.

“I set my goals and accomplished them while Northbound staff stood by my side and help me develop a life.”

— Josh C.

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 Outpatient Drug Rehab in Orange County provides an intermediate step between our IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) and Addiction Support Services Programs. Participating in our Outpatient 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. 

Those who enroll in our outpatient substance abuse treatment experience a full continuum of care. Many people battling addiction first start their recovery journey within our Detox and Residential Treatment Programs to solidify their foundation prior to 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 addiction treatment, including for those who are enrolled in our Outpatient program. 

What is Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)?

IOP is an appropriate level of care for those who have a safe and sober living environment to reside in and who, with support, are ready to live substance-free without the need for residential treatment. Participants must be safely detoxed from mind-altering substances prior to entering an IOP program. Some clients enter Northbound’s IOP at our Outpatient Rehab Orange County after completing Residential Treatment. Others utilize the IOP 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 level of care: Those looking to heal from mental health concerns within Northbound’s scope are welcomed with open arms. With flexible scheduling tailored to the real-life needs of each participant, this intensive 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. In this way, we are equipping those in IOP treatment with the tools to develop a balanced, sustainable recovery lifestyle.

6-12 Hours

The number of hours someone will engage in an Intensive Outpatient Program 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 Intensive Outpatient Program helps build the strategies necessary to live confidently in recovery. Participants enrolled in this 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
  • Individual, group therapy, and psychoeducation
  • Individual case management
  • Recreational and experiential activities
  • 12-Step engagement
  • Psychiatric care as needed
  • Ongoing drug 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 drug and alcohol rehab centers in Orange County provides an intermediate step between our IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) and what we call Addiction Support Services. Participating in an Outpatient 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 or an alcohol use disorder, our rehab specialists at our treatment facility will help you achieve long-term recovery. Our substance abuse treatment programs 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.

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 recommendation.

Is an Outpatient 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 an Outpatient Program is right for you or your loved one. This 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 Outpatient 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Program (IOP) requires at least 12 hours a week at our IOP addiction treatment center, while our Outpatient Treatment requires less of a time commitment but 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 Rehabilitation Services allows those who have graduated from our Inpatient and Outpatient Programs to adjust to the realities of living a sober life. You are held accountable to your sobriety while increasing your independence and getting back to your family, friends, and those people whom you care for.

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.