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Northbound Treatment Services

Northbound was initially founded in 1988 under the name National Therapeutic Services (NTS). In 2008, Paul Alexander acquired the organization and grew it from a local Orange County facility into a nationally recognized treatment provider.
Just two years later, NTS hired Michael Neatherton, former President of the Betty Ford Center as the new Chief Executive Officer. Along with senior management, Neatherton began to rebrand NTS as a company that emphasized organizational health through top-down transparency, authenticity and honesty. This creates a company culture that reflects the same values we instill upon our clients during treatment.
As they discussed this new culture and motivation, there was a reference to the Northbound Train and the positive connotations of “heading north.” The organization’s new name, Northbound, emerged.

Northbound believes in recovery. We believe in transparency and honesty; and we believe that through our proven continuum of care, clients can be successful in overcoming addiction and maintaining sobriety. Treatment encompasses biological, social, spiritual and psychological interventions that align with client needs as they progress through each phase of treatment.
Our treatment programs are rooted in evidence-based therapies, our innovative In Vivo® model of care, and the principles of the 12 Steps. Our clients engage in gender-specific, holistic treatment and work closely with an interdisciplinary treatment team to customize their care and provide support along each step of the way.

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