Action Drug Rehabs - Bakersfield Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Bakersfield, CA

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(3.9 of 5)
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407 Helen Way
Bakersfield CA 93307

Action Drug Rehabs - Bakersfield Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Philosophy

Action Family Counseling is unique in that we have IN-NETWORK insurance contracts with nearly all major health plans.

Often times Action’s treatment prices are covered at up to 80-100% by individual’s health plans. Out-of Network rehabs are mostly more expensive than treatment at In-Network rehab centers like Action.

Our pricing structure is set up to be very competitive and to minimize the financial burden of families in need of treatment & rehabilitation for a loved ones’ alcohol and other drug usage.

Please read on to learn more. We have a team of substance abuse experts on standby awaiting your call for help should you need to reach out anytime.

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

  • Residential Treatment
    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
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

Facility Highlights

5:1 Staff to Client Ratio

30 Beds

Relapse Prevention

Meet the Staff

Cary Quashen


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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.

Lance Curtis

Program Director - MFTi

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Lance Curtis is an Ohio native who has resided in California since 1960. He has been a resident of Kern County since 2003. Lance has had several tours of duty with Action Family Counseling since 2003. He has served as the Program Director of the Action Family Counseling Residential Treatment Center ,which was located in Santa Paula, the therapist of the Bakersfield Intensive Outpatient Program, Program Director of the Bakersfield Residential Treatment Center for almost 6 years . Lance has worked for the Alameda County Probation Department, The California Youth Authority ,which he served as a parole agent and designed the departments first coed substance abuse program, Casa Del Colegio. Lance has also been a parole agent for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation . Lance also spent five years as the Program Director for the Delano Adult Day Health Care Center. Lance holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Development from California State University East Bay and a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family Therapy from California Lutheran University and will be sitting for the licensing exam late 2017 or early 2018. Lance enjoys spending his free time with his wife and family. 360 Guide

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Action Dug Rehabs, also branded as Action Family Counseling, operates multiple residential and outpatient treatment programs throughout California. The organization's Residential Treatment Center (RTC) in Bakersfield provides treatment for adults struggling with substance use disorders or a dual diagnosis. The facility is one of 545 residential, non-hospital treatment centers in the state.


Upon admission, clients are assessed by a clinical treatment team to develop an individualize plan of care. Action Drug Rehabs' programming blends the 12-step model of recovery with evidence-based treatment approaches. If necessary, the facility utilizes medication to alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal.

Depending on the needs and progress of the client, residential treatment lasts between one and three months. During residential treatment, clients attend daily Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and/or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings.

In addition to 12-step immersion, clients also regularly participate in individual and group counseling sessions, meditation sessions, as well as attend psycho-educational classes. On Saturdays, Bakersfield RTC invites loved ones to attend multi-family group sessions. Couples counseling is also available.

In addition to 12-step immersion and traditional programming, clients also have access to a gym, participate in Sunday outings within the community, and enjoy free time for journaling and reflection. Discharge planning occurs throughout treatment, and clinicians may encourage clients to transition into the organization’s intensive outpatient program (IOP).


Accredited by the Joint Commission, the organization employs a multidisciplinary team that includes psychiatrists, therapists, nurses, chemical dependency counselors, and social workers. According to the facility's website, Action's RTC offers a staff-to-client ratio of 5:1.


The 30-bed campus of Action Dug Rehabs's Bakersfield RTC is comprised of three housing units. Residents share double-occupancy bedrooms, and enjoy buffet-style meals prepared by an on-site chef. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. There are peaceful common areas, and residents have access to a nearby gym. The center also facilitates weekly excursions, which may include trips to the beach or movie outings. .


The four alumni polled by to date provided positive feedback for the residential facility, many citing the facility's staff, therapeutic environment, and cleanliness of the facility as strengths. However, alumni reporting limited holistic offerings and counseling options.

Overall cleanliness and upkeep: 4.8/5
Level of staff training and experience: 4.5/5
Amount of family participation: 4/5
Holistic offerings:1/5

“No holistic or alternative treatment options,” alum Dan wrote, but added: "The counselors here were incredibly helpful and provided excellent guidance." Alum Rudy added: “Love the fact that they treat me like family no just like a number.”

In secondary reviews, the facility also received overwhelmingly positive opinions. To date, 62 reviewers on Facebook, which the facility can manage, offered an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars. On Google reviews, three individuals all awarded the facility perfect five-star ratings, and five alumni (and loved ones) gave the facility an average four out of five-star rating on Yelp. [1] [2] [3]

Reviewers repeatedly commended the staff and remarked about the program’s homelike atmosphere. Many regarded it as a life-changing and -saving experience.“The people at action family counseling have a huge hand in helping me to save my life and change my ways,” Kyle, a representative reviewer, wrote on Google reviews.


Echoing alumni opinions, the sole loved one polled by to date also offered positive feedback. The anonymous loved one gave perfect five-star ratings for the amount of family participation, the facility's counseling options, and ability to treat co-occurring disorders. However, they also agreed the facility lacked holistic offerings.

On Yelp, among posts by loved ones noted above, Tommy, a five-star reviewer, wrote: “They brought us in with open arms and made sure we were taken care of.”


Staff left mixed reviews on secondary sites regarding the organization, as a whole. On Glassdoor, nine reviewers gave the treatment provider an average rating of 2.6 out of five stars.[4]. Many reported rewarding work experiences and praised coworkers, but criticized management, some citing lack of proper treatment protocols. “Poor upper management that interferes with treatment causing confusion among staff and degrades the quality of care,” one anonymous employee wrote.


According to its website, Action Family Counseling is in-network with most major insurance plans.





Published on March 2018

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This rehab facility is a flop. Action is not capable of handling relapse, mental illness nor does the facility have access to securing the patients from outside drug dealers. Action allows patients to text, use cell phones while in treatment. Action, also, could not handle a mentally disturbed patient, they did not help her they called law enforcement to take her away and never contacted family that the patient was moved to another facility. In conjunction to family not knowing where Acrtion patient was they then threw out the patients jewelry and make up as their policy is a 72 hour hold on patients belongs if not claimed they throw it out. Well no one from Action contacted family that the patients make-up/jewelry case was still in Actions possession, as the patient did not know what Action sent over to new facility. So, Action gave away or threw out $7,500 worth of jewelry and make up with out ever contacting family that this was what was going to happen. I highly condone Action for rehab treatment and DO NOT recommend this facility for your loved ones treatment- they will not receive proper treatment and an enormous waste of money.

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Excellent counselors, personalized treatment. No holistic or alternative treatment options. This place literally changed my life. The counselors here were incredibly helpful and provided excellent guidance.

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Love this place awesome program, super clean facility,amazing food and above all they make you feel safe love that fact that they treat me like family no just like a number. Two of the staff members in particular are amazing and careening people.

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Family atmosphere and true caring.

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Strengths: They are very welcoming and you feel at home when you get there. strong after care program.great staff. Weaknesses: More of a younger adult rehab. They also need to keep to come up with a better secerity policy. Action family counseling is a great program . you feel at ho!me when you get there . staff is awesome .

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It was an overall good facility but could have used better holistic offerings

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