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Action Family Counseling Philosophy
Action Family Counseling employs a multidisciplinary approach to chemical dependency treatment, providing residential care, intensive outpatient services, and partial hospitalization to those struggling with addiction in Southern California. Action Family Counseling provides daily addiction education groups focusing on themes such as relapse prevention, addiction as a disease, personal relationship development, peer problem solving, behavioral triggers, and 12-Step principles. In addition to group work, clients are encouraged to attend individual counseling sessions to develop skills for independent living, personal growth, stress management, decision making, communication, and more. Loved ones are encouraged to assume an active role in individuals’ recovery by participating in family therapy sessions.
Areas of Specialization
Clients are invited to participate in regular outings to scenic locations for holistic recovery. Excursions include outings to picturesque beaches, day trips to Lake Piru, and rejuvenating outdoor walks and hikes.
Exquisite Residential Amenities
Located in an exquisitely appointed two-story manor, Action Family Counseling’s historic residential facility features an early 19th-century colonial revival structure complete with an idyllic patio and second story balcony nestled above century-old foliage. Once a high-end bed and breakfast, Action Family Counseling has transformed the premises to serve as an enriching and rejuvenating setting for enduring recovery.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
If it wasn't for Action family counseling I would not have over twenty months clean. I can honestly say that if it was not for this program, the tools that I gained and an introduction to a fellowship I would most likely be dead. With this being said I will say with utmost conviction that Action literally saved my life. Staff are wonderful and genuinely empathetic to the needs of those struggling with addiction.
They saved my life!! Great staff and a great program that works for both alcoholics and addicts!
Back in January 12, 2010 my daughter called me and told me I was going to detox. She said I had just called her. I didn't believe that I drug dialed her. She said I was going and that I was going today. I had just had a medical procedure under anesthesia that morning and wasn't feeling good at all. I was pretty mad to be forced to go. Detox was a nightmare and there was nothing to do. Just watch tv and sleep. They kept telling me I could go home after 3 days, that didn't happen. My counselor there told me I could go home. When my husband came to pick me up he asked to speak to my husband in private. When he came out he told me that if I didn't go to treatment at Action that our marriage was over. One of the counselors at Action told him to bring me straight there. I begged my husband to let me go home and do a load of laundry and pack my clothes that I needed and he took me out to dinner. I was so grateful. I checked into Action in the evening and I was still very exhausted. I remember sleeping the first 2 days I was there. I became angry because I didn't see where I had a problem. We were always busy at the house and that was great. I had the best counselor any one could ask for. Tracie is still friends with me and we keep in touch. After a couple weeks I stopped being as angry and started having fun. The head counselor Darren was amazing. He counseled my husband and I. I learned a lot about myself, my disease, and how it effects the family. When it came time to come home I didn't want to. I was so scared. Thank God I had already done the first 3 steps and had an amazing sponsor. I was as prepared to go as I could be. If you're looking for a good treatment center Action is the best place you can go. If I knew someone who needed to go I would bring them there. I am now 4 years clean and sober. This is a lifetime commitment. But the reward is you get your life back, better than it ever was before.
Words can't express how thankful and appreciative I am for Cary Quashen and his wonderful organization of caring individuals. I highly recommend Action Family Counseling to families of teens in crisis! They can help and they really do care!
Great place to to start the journey to recovery, the staff is Awesome and the facilities in great locations with amazing panoramic.
If it wasn't for Action reaching out and Carey putting out his hand, I wouldn't have gone into rehab, IOP, and I definitely wouldn't have 27 months clean and sober. Thank you to Carey and everything Action does. They saved my life, truly.
Meet the Staff
Cary Quashen has dedicated the past 30 years of his life, reaching troubled teens and dysfunctional families with the objective of passing the wisdom and expertise he has obtained in his 36 years of sobriety. Quashen provides evaluation, assessments and interventions to parents, school districts and the juvenile justice system. Cary has become a nationally recognized expert working with adults and adolescents struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol.
John has have been working with Action Family Counseling for over 7 years, beginning as an intern in 2010, and ultimately working my way up through the company to my current position of Program Director for both our Piru Residential and Simi Valley Intensive Outpatient facilities. My passion for working with individuals who suffer from substance use disorders and the loved ones affected by addiction stems from my own personal experience with addicted family members, and as a clean and sober addict in recovery since 2007. My dedication to helping addicts and loved ones repair and recover from the damages that result from substance use extends beyond my professional life, with active volunteer involvement in our local community schools, events, and as a board member with the addiction awareness non-profit Not One More.
Lead Facility Manager
Ryan has over 13 years of experience in the Substance Use Disorder field. He was a key part of start-up of many new innovative programs. Ryan has years of experience in Management, as an Interventionist and Group facilitator has allowed him to be a mentor to people seeking treatment. Ryan has assisted in setting up programs in multiple states with great success. Ryan continues to be passionate in helping people recover.
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ABOUT ACTION FAMILY COUNSELING – PIRU
Located within minutes of Ventura County’s Lake Piru, Action Family Counseling (AFC) in Piru offers residential treatment for adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. This center is one of many AFC facilities in Southern California, and though other locations treat adolescents, AFC Piru exclusively treats adults. Medical detox is not available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment philosophy of Action Family Counseling (AFC) asserts that addiction is a disease. To address this, clients take an initial assessment to evaluate their alcohol and drug use, mental health disorders, and educational needs. Staff use these assessments to compile a full psychosocial history and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.
Residential treatment is based on the 12-Steps, and residents are expected to attend AA/NA meetings seven days a week. The center also holds that family involvement is an important part of treatment.
All treatment programs are individualized, and use a combination of individual and family therapy, daily group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy, and specialty therapy for trauma. There are also daily addiction education groups, some of which address peer-based problem solving. Identifying behavioral triggers and developing healthy relationships are key goals.
This facility offers a staff-to-client ratio of 1:6.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
This is a secluded, 22-bed facility. Residents share rooms with private bathrooms in a two-story Colonial Revival home built in 1887. Leisure provisions include regular excursions to nearby beaches and Lake Piru.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Review coverage of this facility is limited and mixed. Jennifer gave five stars for the overall treatment program, the accommodations, and the family program, and would recommend the center to others. Though she marked only one star for holistic offerings and two for counseling options, she noted: “Our day was always structured which I liked. It kept you focused on recovery… I loved that we got to go to 12 step meetings every day. The food was good and there was plenty of it.”
But alum K.S. had an overall poor experience, telling Rehabs.com: “I would not recommend this treatment facility. Counselors lack training. The Psychiatrist was too focused on prescribing medicine… Action Family Counseling is just another money sucking treatment center.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from loved ones range from lukewarm to very positive. An anonymous alum praised the staff and affordability, and gave four stars for the family program, co-occurring disorder treatment, and staff training. However, they added: “Food and programs seemed to be lacking.”
But Kelsey told Rehabs.com: “My sister went to AFC. She is doing great and now encouraging me to use this program to get clean.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Action Family Counseling has received mixed reviews from former and current employees. Some posts on Glassdoor criticized the “hostile management” and “poor employee and management communication,” but others praised the company’s mission, describing it as a “great company to work for.”
This facility accepts private insurance, and treatment fees are determined on a sliding scale. Financial assistance is not available.
Updated March 2016
Published on February 2017
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