NorthStar is recognized for its exceptional staff and evidence-based clinical practices and is a premier Colorado provider of substance abuse treatment and transitional living options.

Situated outside the Denver Metro area, NorthStar Transitions is the only licensed addiction treatment center inside Boulder’s city limits. Our licensed and Joint Commission-accredited facility serves men, women and families seeking a robust continuum of care for drug and alcohol use disorders.

NorthStar Addiction Treatment Features & Benefits

NorthStar is recognized for its exceptional staff and evidence-based clinical practices and is a premier Colorado provider of substance abuse treatment and transitional living options. We serve a varied client base that includes working professionals, business owners, college students, full-time parents and those managing co-occurring disorders. If you are seeking care for drug misuse, alcoholism or a dual diagnosis, we invite you to experience the NorthStar Difference:

Truly individualized care

Each client’s treatment program is custom-designed to their unique needs, including medical history, addiction severity, family dynamics, employment status, lifestyle preferences and mental health diagnosis.

Evidence-based treatment

NorthStar Transitions utilizes research-based modalities and behavioral therapies that produce scientifically sound outcomes. Studies show this type of intervention offers the greatest chance at long-term recovery.


We hold in-network contracts with the majority of private insurance companies to lower the financial barrier to treatment. Our admissions team verifies the client's insurance coverage, and offers a complete explanation of benefits prior to admission. In the case that insurance is not an option, we may also provide affordable payment options.

Trained experts

NorthStar’s reputable staff is comprised of certified clinicians, addiction therapists, trauma therapists, a board-certified psychiatrist, physician’s assistant and medical assistant support that helps clients manage co-occurring diagnoses.

Family focus

Since addiction is a pervasive family disease, we offer healing and restoration for the chemically dependent individual as well as his or her loved ones. The NorthStar program includes disease education and counseling for family members, as needed.

Sought-after locale

NorthStar Transitions offers gender-separated residential treatment locations, outpatient offices, and a male sober living home that are comfortably appointed and easily accessed in and around Boulder, CO.

Accreditations & Licensure

Licensure and Accreditation matters. Addiction is a serious health condition and needs to be treated by licensed, competent and ethical professionals. In healthcare an organization should be judged by the quality of the services being delivered, the safety of the environment in which the service is delivered and the positive outcomes obtained for each client treated. To this end, NorthStar Transitions is licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health and accredited by the Joint Commission on Healthcare Organizations. In order to obtain these licenses and accreditations, NorthStar Transitions has undergone rigorous onsite surveys, chart audits and inspections to ensure compliance with the highest standard of care in the addiction treatment industry. NorthStar Transitons has an active quality improvement plan in place to consistently improve the quality and effectiveness of addiction treatment services being delivered to clients. The end result is a treatment program that is accountable, committed to excellence and dedicated to improving client outcomes.

Clinical Excellence

Quality Improvement

Ethical Practices

Patient Safety


NorthStar Transitions treatment center is licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health. NorthStar Transitions LLC is currently licensed for the following levels of care as promulgated by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM):

  • ASAM level 3.2 Clinically Managed Detox
  • ASAM Level 3.5 Residential Treatment
  • ASAM Level 2.5 Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
  • ASAM Level  2.1 Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
  • ASAM Level 1 Outpatient (OP)

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) Waived Medical Laboratory

NorthStar Transitions is a CLIA waived medical laboratory under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services. As such, NorthStar Transitions is able to conduct tests of limited medical complexity in office such as urine drug screens and breathalyzer testing.

NorthStar Transitions Accreditations & affiliations

The Joint Commission

NorthStar Transitions is accredited by the Joint Commission. Only a small handful of behavioral healthcare and substance abuse treatment centers are accredited by the Joint Commission. Joint Commission accreditation is only granted after a rigorous onsite survey is conducted and an organization is found to comply with an extensive set of standards set forth for patient safety, environment of care, clinical services delivery, quality improvement, leadership and other measures. Joint Commission accreditation is the “gold standard” and indicates to prospective clients that NorthStar Transitions has adopted the rigorous standards set forth by the Joint Commission and is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care.

National Association of Addiction
Treatment Providers

NorthStar Transitions is a member in good standing with the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). As a member in good standing of NAATP, NorthStar Transitions has agreed to abide by the NAATP code of ethics which can be found here.

Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services

Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services is a professional membership organization that provides a forum for collaboration for alumni program best practices. NorthStar collaborates with TPAS on a regional and national scale.

Reserve Your Spot for Boulder County Drug & Alcohol Rehab

At NorthStar Transitions, we know how drug and alcohol use can negatively affect your life. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we can help. Reach out today to find the support you need to achieve and maintain lifelong sobriety. You can get in touch by calling us at 866-407-2240 or completing our online contact form.

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