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Let our clients tell you about working with us:

Sober coaching is still considered the “different approach” to treating alcohol problems. But support on my schedule, in private, worked for me to figure out what was happening right before I made yet another ‘mistake’…and that’s how I learned to quit for good.

John V


If, like me, you’re the logical type, you need tested, fact-based guidance so that you can come to terms and “be real” with your issue. What I like about this approach is that it’s based on science. I wouldn’t drive my kids to school in a car built in 1935…why would I trust my future to advice from back then?

Rick M

IT manager

12-step didn’t work for me. I didn’t feel good about being told that I’m powerless–I’m more than my worst choices. Concrete action items to develop a plan to stay sober, with the confidentiality I need to maintain my career? That works.

Nancy P


The most frequently asked question about sobriety support from Northstar Guides:

“Why should I try this instead of 12-step?”

Bluntly, the 12 steps didn’t work for you. (We haven’t yet coached, mentored or monitored anyone who was able to recover from substance abuse from going to support group meetings–because, of course, those people don’t ask us for help. You find your keys the last place you look for them, right?) Otherwise, you would not be reading this–you’d be at a meeting, or seeing your sponsor, or doing your step work.

For the 96% of problem drinkers who try AA and don’t find it helpful, there are other approaches. The advantages include true confidentiality, customized methods to address YOUR substance use, and tactics to actually enjoy your sober life.

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