How Northstar Transitions Sets Up Its Clients for Long Term Recovery

Northstar Transitions is a highly rated drug and alcohol rehab center located in Boulder, Colorado. Northstar uses a combination of traditional and experiential therapies to give its clients the best chance at long term recovery. Serving both men and women across a wide range of ages, Northstar has been recognized for its evidence-based clinical practices and exceptional staff. Anyone can find healing at Northstar and be given the proper tools to maintain long term sobriety. 

Evidence-Based Treatment

Northstar uses various treatment modalities that have been scientifically proven to help individuals recover from addiction and mental health disorders. The facility’s treatment modalities are research-based, and types of behavioral therapies as this form of treatment have been proven to give clients the best chance at long-term recovery.

Therapy Programs

Northstar uses a variety of traditional therapies as well as holistic therapies to treat its clients. Recreational therapy has also been added to help boost recovery. Each therapy program is evidence-based, ensuring clients that it will be beneficial to their overall recovery. 

Traditional Therapy Programs:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Group therapy
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Relapse prevention workshops

Holistic Therapy Programs:

  • Meditation
  • Life skills training
  • Mindfulness training

Recreational Therapy Programs:

  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Onsite weight and athletic equipment

Experiential Therapy

Northstar has implemented an extensive experiential therapy and wellness program throughout all levels of care at the facility. Unlike traditional therapies, experiential approaches take clients out of their comfort zone and get them to experience authentic situations and reactions that would not happen within traditional treatment modalities. This way, clients can learn a variety of skills and experience concepts firsthand to help them heal. These skills can include:

  • Relying on others
  • Trusting others
  • Working as a team
  • Listening to and providing positive feedback
  • Asking for help
  • Improving self-confidence
  • Staying strong through fear


Northstar offers a variety of experiential therapy activities, including:

  • Outdoor activities
  • Group activities
  • Guided meditation
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture

Health and Wellness

Taking care of your body through healthy habits and routines is critical for long-term recovery. For this reason, Northstar has implemented a general wellness program to teach clients skills that they can continue to use even after they leave the facility. This has several benefits for those in recovery, including reduced cravings, reduced anxiety and depression, and increased self-confidence. Some of the wellness activities at Northstar include:

  • Group meal planning and cooking
  • Staff facilitated hikes
  • Staff facilitated workouts
  • Gym access
  • Yoga at the facility and off-site

Individualized Care

Northstar Transitions offers both men’s and women’s residential treatment. Each client who comes into the facility is treated to a custom treatment program that fits their recovery needs. The facility considers each clients’ medical history, addiction severity, family dynamics, employment status, lifestyle preference, and mental health diagnosis to ensure they are given treatment that will make sense for them. Because the two residential programs are gender-based, treatment can become more specific by addressing the issues that only those particular groups may go through. 

Family-Focused Care

Northstar understands that addiction is a family disease. It doesn’t just affect the person struggling with active addiction, but it also impacts those around them. Relationships are often disintegrated over time as addiction progresses, but Northstar wants to help the entire family unit heal. We believe that many of the misunderstandings during addiction are rooted in stigmas and misconceptions about the disease. For this reason, we offer disease education and counseling for the client’s family members if needed. Over time, the family can begin to understand that the person who was struggling can make amends with their family members. This way, the person is set up for long term healing when they return home. Their family will know how to help them heal and stay on track in their sobriety.

Aftercare Planning

When your time at Northstar begins to come to an end, it will be time to decide aftercare treatment. This is typically for those in residential treatment, but others can receive the same planning should they need it to ensure their recovery sustains for the long term. Northstar typically includes sober living arrangements and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) near the client’s home area in aftercare planning. It is also possible to stay at Northstar for aftercare by enrolling in its 12-week IOP and living in a sober living home in the local area.


When you choose a treatment facility for help with your or a loved one’s addiction, it is essential to choose one that sets its clients up for long term sobriety. Northstar Transitions is an excellent choice for this. Our mission statement is “making recovery possible.” We realize that not every treatment approach will work for all the clients that come through our doors. For this reason, we offer individualized care in the form of a variety of treatment modalities and programs to fit your needs. Our dedicated treatment team helps you develop critical life skills to build confidence, resilience, and independence as self-sustaining, healthy individuals prepared to take on a future free of substance abuse and addiction. As you work through our programs, you will be exposed to various therapies and treatments that will help you understand the roots of your addiction and heal from them. At our facility, you will learn the necessary skills and coping methods to be successful in recovery even after you leave our care. Give us a call today at (303) 558-6400 to learn how to start your journey at Northstar.


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