Our transitional living program is designed to continue the care received in treatment and prepare clients for life after treatment ends.
The days and weeks that follow the end of formal treatment are a precarious time for the individual in recovery. Successful long term sobriety beckons, but is still unfamiliar, and there are many new lessons that the client is still processing. To help our clients navigate this period between treatment and sober living, Northbound offers our transitional programs.
Transitional living programs provide clients with counseling, group meetings and medication management that aid in the continuation of the progress they’ve made during treatment. In addition to these services, our transitional program offers:
- Continued educational seminars
- Certified living environments
- Continued therapy and psychiatric services
- Drug and alcohol testing
- 12-Step meeting monitoring
Because every Northbound client is unique, these services are recommended on an as-needed basis. In order to meet the individual needs of our clients as they enter this transitional period, Northbound creates a customized program arrangement that will give them the best chance for successful long term sobriety.
How Transitional Programs Work
Our transitional program is designed to continue the care received in treatment and prepare clients for life after treatment ends. To meet this goal of helping clients reintegrate into the real world, the program teaches life skills, helps with job placement and offers continued therapeutic services and 12-Step participation. Northbound’s transitional program not only provides help and support for those who have completed treatment in our facility, but it can also be a lifeline for those whose personal obligations required them to seek outpatient treatment or a similar option:
“I’m a single dad and my daughter is my world. Getting treatment while living at home with my daughter was exactly what I needed to stay clean.” – John S.
Backed By Research
Research has shown that the more time a former addict devotes to the development of his or her sobriety, the more likely it is that their health will continue and their recovery be successful. Northbound builds upon these findings through our multi-faceted transitional program, which challenges the client to continue his progress and provides the support he needs to do so. Our clients succeed not just because they have changed their lifestyle, but also because they have the assistance of our dedicated team of professionals. Throughout the transitional phase, Northbound’s skilled and experienced staff aids our clients in:
- Recognizing signs of relapse behaviors
- Teaching life skills
- Offering support and counseling
- Assisting clients in utilizing the local recovery community
The transitional program at Northbound focuses on providing clients with the opportunity to continue to learn and grow, and helps them make the social connections that will be the basis of their support network. In addition, clients in our transitional program will also continue their recovery work in 12-Step meetings.
Because we seek to help the client become active in the everyday world, the program encourages clients to rejoin the workforce and offers assistance in resume writing, filling out job applications and job placement. Northbound’s transitional living program provides a caring environment for our clients, from which we are able to bear witness to their success as they reintegrate into the workplace, home and more.
Through Northbound’s transitional living program, we are able to give our clients the help and support they need to begin a new, healthy and sober life. To see if transitional living is right for you, contact us to obtain more information.
Northbound’s transitional program can be a critical source of comfort, guidance and support in a tumultuous time. Participants in the program often find that the program has helped them grow on a personal level, as they apply the positive coping skills they’ve learned and find support from their loved ones.
If you are interested in getting the help you need during the days following treatment, Northbound is here for you. Click HERE to find out more about our transitional programs and how they can help you achieve your goal of long term health and sobriety.
Our Dedicated Transitional Programs Staff
Michael is a 2013 Northbound alumni who is thrilled to be involved in the program that gave him so much, Northbound’s College Program. Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver in 2014. As the Academic Coordinator, Michael brings extensive experience as a tutor and in navigating the complexities of higher education. He also has firsthand knowledge of the power education can have in early recovery. He takes great pride in being able to help individuals reach their academic goals. For Michael, school was a crucial supportive piece to his own sobriety that helped foster a full and productive life, which he hopes to instill in every client that goes through Northbound’s College Program. Michael is supported by an impressive team with years of experience, immense passion, and a commitment to client health that delivers a truly one of a kind experience.
Ari comes to Northbound with over a decade of experience working in the addiction field. As an experienced therapist and case manager, he has worked in a variety of addiction centers treating women, adolescents, and adults. His leadership skills are fine-tuned as well, having served as clinical and program director for all levels of treatment. He also taught addiction counseling, physiology and pharmacology, co-occurring disorders, and special populations at the Training Institute for Addiction Counselors where he took over for Dr. Kevin McCauley. With his own undergrad in English, philosophy, and psychology, and a Masters in Psychology MFT from Chapman University, Ari has helped found and formed programs focused on young men to help them achieve autonomous healthy living. From writing clinical programs, to working with clients, and teaching aspiring counselors, Ari is passionate about every aspect of the industry. When not working, Ari likes to stay balanced by spending time surfing (he’s been catching waves since he was 7), spending time with his wife, and playing with his son, Gavin, and two dogs, Izabella and Einstein.
Dr. Edward Kaufman
Northbound Treatment Services is proud to announce the addition of Edward Kaufman, M.D. to the clinical team. Dr. Kaufman assumed the role as Northbound’s Medical Director in February 2012. The medical director position was created in response to the growth and expansion of Northound programs and the sub-acute residential detoxification services. Dr. Kaufman’s appointment further indicates the Northbound commitment to quality care and marks another milestone in the realization of Northbound’s strategic vision. Dr. Kaufman has been practicing psychiatry for over 40 years. He blends his knowledge of psychology, family systems and psychopharmacology to meet the client’s individual needs. He was a former president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and Editor of the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Dr. Kaufman received his medical training at Jefferson University, USC and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has authored 3 books, edited 5 more, and written over 200 articles and book chapters on family therapy, alcoholism, drug addiction, anxiety and depression. He was a full professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he was the Director of Psychiatric Services, Residency and Medical Students Education and private alcohol/drug services. With the addition of Dr. Kaufman Northbound has further solidified its position as the area leader for comprehensive alcohol, drug, and dual-diagnosis treatment.
Ilana Zivkovich joined Northbound in January 2015. An experienced clinician, executive, and clinical development officer, Ilana celebrates and emboldens Northbound’s renowned focus on fostering a flourishing and healthy organizational culture. Trained in positive psychology, Ilana believes in the strengths and potential of every client and team member she has the opportunity to work with. She utilizes her signature strengths of curiosity, love, and honesty to help others identify and build upon their unique set of strengths to live within the upper reaches of their potential. In recovery herself since the age of 16, Ilana is grateful for the opportunity to help young and emerging adults develop a fulfilling lifestyle of recovery. In her role as Northbound’s Chief Clinical Officer Ilana oversees the clinical service development and delivery, and does her part to ensure that Northbound’s ethos of transparency, authenticity, and collaborative leadership are able to flourish. Prior to joining Northbound Ilana held a variety of leadership roles within the addiction field, most recently serving as the Executive Director for Promises Austin. Ilana holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator Consultant (CDWF-C). Additional areas of clinical specialization include shame resiliency, dual diagnosis, family of origin and family dynamic issues, and positive psychology.