Northbound Therapeutic Services is proud to offer one of the most innovative and effective treatment modalities in the addiction treatment industry: Northbound Academy (NTSA) School Program. The program combines college classes with addiction treatment and is specifically designed for the young adult desiring to start, continue or re-enter the collegiate environment.
The The Northbound Academy was designed by Paul Alexander, widely considered to be a leading expert in the field of addiction treatment coupled with higher learning and education. With over ten years of experience, this is his third collegiate program created in Orange County. Mr. Alexander’s previous programs include the TEACH Program at Sober Living by The Sea and the Morningside Academic Institute at Morningside Recovery.
The addiction treatment coupled with higher education modality was created in 1998 with the development of the first college program within a treatment facility. At the time, the treatment community balked at the idea of putting young adults in college classes while receiving addiction treatment, yet the model proved to be more successful than the traditional “treatment only” modality. The success of this unique treatment model is due to its practical application of Motivational Enhancement Therapy and an educational counseling approach.
Paul Alexander has run numerous education based treatment programs and conducted research at the University of California Irvine on the success of “College Coupled with Addiction Treatment” modality.
How Many Classes Can The Client Take?
Because clients in the Northbound Academy program continue to participate in full addiction treatment, it is usually not suggested that clients take more than three classes per semester.
How Long Do Clients Stay In The Northbound Academy (NTSA)?
Some clients stay for one semester to gain firm academic footing before leaving treatment, while others participate in the program for over one year. It depends on the needs and resources of the client.
Can Clients Enter the Northbound Academy Program At Any Time?
Yes. There are many admission windows throughout the academic year. We usually suggest that clients enter the Northbound Treatment Program at least two weeks prior to start of a new school session. Clients who enter the program prior to a school semester starting simply participate in the regular addiction treatment program at Northbound until classes begin.
Is Financial Assistance Provided for The Northbound Academy College Programs?
Yes. Northbound is proud to provide financial assistance for its sober college program: The Northbound Academy. More information can be found at our financial assistance for drug treatment page: