Christian Rehab Orange County Residential Program

Addiction does not discriminate. It has no regard for gender, ethnicity, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. Individuals who are strong in their religious convictions will face the same struggles as those with no religious affiliations. However, faith can be a strong source of support in treatment and recovery. 

Northbound offers a Christian treatment for drug and alcohol addiction for those who want to invite their faith into their recovery efforts and strengthen their relationship with God. They may find that rediscovering or reconnecting with their faith in a Christian treatment program is the motivation they need to commit to their recovery and live to their fullest potential. The LINKS program is located in the therapeutically peaceful coastline of Orange County, California, nestled between rolling hills and the waves of the Pacific. 

Focus on Healing and Faith

LINKS is Northbound’s Christian Rehab Orange County Program. Here, men and women receive spiritual support and attend local church services while exploring how Christian faith, addiction treatment, and ongoing recovery interrelate: For the right person, this can be a powerful resource to draw from at a critical juncture. The name “LINKS” refers to the link between the best practices of addiction medicine and the principles of Christianity.

Participants in LINKS approach addiction treatment from a Christian perspective. Some may have lost their way or strayed from their religion over the course of their addiction. Others may have stayed connected with their faith, but still found themselves battling addiction. Still, others may never have engaged with the Christian faith before but may be interested in embarking on that spiritual journey as they build their recovery. At Northbound’s Christian Rehab Orange County Treatment Program, our participants can delve more deeply into their faith and embrace a Christian-based recovery program. They can explore how faith and recovery work together to help them build a stronger bond with Christ and focus on making positive changes in their life. Recovering alongside a close-knit community of individuals engaging in parallel religious and recovery development provides rich and lasting fellowship. Individuals find ways to forgive themselves and promote healing and recovery within a safe, supportive environment. They discover that addiction recovery and a sober lifestyle are possible, and that their faith can lead them through the inevitable difficult times and keep them motivated, strong, and on the right track.

All of Northbound’s Christian Treatment Program participants engage in counseling during treatment, but LINKS places an emphasis on Christ-centered counseling and incorporating the role of faith into problem-solving and working through challenges. Christianity is a source of strength for many individuals. Christian treatment programs are an amazing opportunity to put faith into practice and rediscover the power of spirituality. The idea that there is something bigger out there—something more powerful than the individual—is humbling, centering, and incredibly moving.

Your Support System

Everyone who arrives in our LINKS Christian Treatment Residential Program will have an interdisciplinary treatment team that collaborates to ensure that their treatment plan aligns with their unique needs and goals. This team could include:

  • A Case Manager 
  • ASAM Certified Addiction Psychiatrist
  • Nationally Certified and Licensed, Masters-Prepared Primary Therapist
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor
  • Masters-Prepared Trauma Therapist
  • Music Therapist
  • An Academic Advisor (When enrolled in Collegebound®)

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

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What Sets Northbound’s Christian Rehab Orange County LINKS Treatment Program Apart from Other Residential Treatment Programs?

Those in the LINKS 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. Collegebound®: 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.  

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.

How Long is Successful Residential Treatment?

There is no one typical length of stay. However, we have found that many people find three months of Residential Treatment an ideal amount of time to launch a successful life of sobriety.

Pursue Education and Strengthen Your Chances for Success in Life with Northbound’s Collegebound® Program

Northbound’s Collegebound® is a college recovery program in Orange County for young adults that offers the unique opportunity for participants to further their education and truly turn their life around, all within the supportive and highly accountable treatment environment. This program, available at both the inpatient and outpatient levels of care, ensures that clients stay focused on building their recovery while pursuing their education and building a brighter future.

Moreover, Northbound’s Collegebound® Program provides participants with more than just the opportunity to further their education. They rediscover their passions, unearth a sense of hope and purpose that has often been long dormant, and enhance the priceless assets of self-efficacy and self-esteem that may have been painfully damaged through active addiction.

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Transition Back into the Workforce with Northbound’s Careerbound® Program

Addiction recovery is about more than abstinence from drugs and alcohol. It is about creating a substance-free lifestyle while fully engaging in all the healthy opportunities that the world has to offer. Obtaining and maintaining employment is an important aspect of many adults’ lives, and one that builds precious self-efficacy for those in early recovery. Northbound’s Careerbound® Program empowers clients to build a sustainable lifestyle of recovery through securing gainful employment while continuing to participate in treatment. This transitional living service is available to our clients at both the inpatient and outpatient level of care. Re-entering “real life” post treatment is a challenging and risky time. Northbound’s Careerbound® Program bridges this transition with the accountability and support necessary to give each person the best possible chance for success.

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Trauma-Centered Care

Trauma is an underlying issue in many instances of addiction. We might term this dual-diagnosis and recommend a dual-diagnosis treatment program. It is natural and human for us to underestimate the lasting and severe impact that events from our past have had on our present life; this is a coping mechanism that we do to protect ourselves. However, without healing the underlying causes of addiction, the chances of sustainable recovery are drastically reduced. Northbound Treatment’s trauma program provides individual trauma therapies including EMDR, psychoeducation, symptom management, trauma-focused process groups, and experiential opportunities for shared processing. Once we are able to understand our trauma, the healing process can begin, and starts a path towards deep personal growth. Within our Northbound Trauma Program, the result is often an emerging recovery identity that grounds an individual in recovery with a newfound foundation on what was previously shaky ground.

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Residential Treatment FAQs

Which airports do I fly into?
There are three airports near our residential treatment center in Orange County, California: Orange County Airport (SNA) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) are both about a 30-minute drive, while Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is about an hour away. We would be happy to assist you in arranging your travel to Northbound. It’s just one way we ease this transition and make the experience as stress-free as possible.
What should I bring?
  • Picture ID
  • Insurance card and RX card, if applicable
  • Insurance Subscriber’s Social Security Number and Date of Birth (if applicable)
  • A limited amount of clothing, as we have a limit of two suitcases and one carry-on. Laundry facilities, including supplies, are available for resident use. Irons and ironing boards are accessible, but we suggest bringing wash-and-wear clothing, for convenience. Dry cleaning services are not available.
  • Swimwear
  • Outdoor accessories such as sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, and rain gear
  • Medications, which must be approved by a Northbound Treatment physician. Medicine must arrive in bottles labeled with your name as well as the medicine’s name, dosage, and frequency
  • Supplements, which must arrive in new, unopened containers
  • Electronic devices, including cell phones and laptops, are checked in upon admission and returned upon clinical review and approval
What should I leave at home?
  • Your car, as we provide transportation
  • Clothing deemed inappropriate, i.e. provocative logos, bare midriffs, short shorts or any other clothing that may be considered distracting to the treatment process
  • Any type of narcotics, including sedatives and muscle relaxants
  • Any type of weapons, including pocket knives
  • Aerosol cans
  • Perfumes or toiletries containing alcohol (i.e. nail polish remover, mouthwash, hand sanitizers)
  • Body-building and dietary supplements (i.e. creatine powder)

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 your 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 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 Support 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.