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.
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.
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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 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 and is comprised of "dedicated, compassionate, and highly trained experts in the fields of Addictive Medicine, Substance Abuse Treatment, and Mental Health," according to the facility.
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
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has received feedback for Action Family Counseling from a dozen former clients. Most reported positive experiences, though three reviewers were very displeased. They complained about staff being too distracted and said employees were "unprofessional." Maria left no star ratings but wrote: "This facility is understaffed and the counselors lack the proper education...The house itself is disgusting and filthy." K.S., who gave just one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition, noted the same and added: "Action Family Counseling is just another money sucking treatment center. This place is a JOKE."
Contradictory to what displeased reviewers wrote, many of the nine former clients who left positive feedback praised the staff, including Tyler, who gave five stars in previously mentioned categories, and wrote: "I came here and it saved my life the staff are easy to talk to and truly care about everyone that goes through. I truly believe the staff is what makes this program so great."
Additionally, Jennifer, who gave the same high ratings as Tyler, wrote: "Our day was always structured which I liked. It kept you focused on recovery," but she also noted that "There was really not enough staff at night to deal with things that came up."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, three loved ones of former clients have provided feedback for this facility to Rehabs.com, and all were positive. Kelsey awarded five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and wrote: “My sister went to AFC. She is doing great and now encouraging me to use this program to get clean.” Additionally, Amy added, "My son was there for a month, and has been in Sober Living for 7 months since then. He's clean, sober, and has a job!!! It's a miracle!"
This facility accepts private insurance, and treatment fees are determined on a sliding scale. Financial assistance is not available.
Published on September 2017
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