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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 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.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
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.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
: These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
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.
Great place to to start the journey to recovery, the staff is Awesome and the facilities in great locations with amazing panoramic.
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!
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.
They saved my life!! Great staff and a great program that works for both alcoholics and addicts!
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.
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.
Program Director - MFTi
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.
Lead Facility Manager
David D’Anza is a Ridgecrest native who has been active in the alcohol and drug counseling field since moving to Bakersfield in 2008. Due to struggling with addiction himself, David has always had a passion for helping others in recovery, especially the young adult population. To this end, David is currently working to complete the Drug and Alcohol Studies program at Cal State University Bakersfield and holds the title of Lead Facility Manager at Action Family Counseling-Bakersfield. David has worked with diverse populations in both individual and group settings at the residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment levels of care for the past 8 years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, going to the gym, dirt bike riding and participating in community recovery programs.
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ABOUT ACTION DRUG REHABS — BAKERSFIELD ADULT RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER
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.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
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.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
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. .
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The four alumni polled by Rehabs.com 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
“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.   
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.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Echoing alumni opinions, the sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com 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.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
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.. 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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