For Young Adults

Northbound Academy (
Located in Orange County, CA, Northbound Academy is a drug and alcohol rehab and long-term residential program for young adults ages 18-25. With an average stay of 9-12 months, this extended care treatment center focuses on life skills, 12-step living, individual and group therapy, recreational opportunities and academics (accredited high school completion and college level course work are available).

T.E.A.C.H.  (
Drug and alcohol abuse often interfere with the process of education. In 1997, Sober Living by the Sea Treatment Centers established TEACH (Transitional Education Action Career Help), an innovative education program that focuses on  student clients earning their G.E.D., a high school diploma from their own school, or attending an accredited college in the area to work toward a graduation goal.

As part of the TEACH Program, all student residents are required to attend daily 12-step meetings both on and off the premises. Ongoing treatment includes relapse prevention and education on developing sober leisure skills and sober college friendships.  The program includes monitored study periods, computer equipment and tutorial services, if needed. College credits are transferable to most accredited colleges and universities in the United States.  This program was first developed with Saddleback Community College, creating a fully supervised and accredited education program. Now residents are also enrolling at other area colleges and universities, including the University of California Irvine and California State University, Fullerton.

Residents at Sober Living by the Sea self-pay, though they may be able to recoup some costs through insurance, and a foundation has been established to help defray the costs for some.

Updated November 21, 2014