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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
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.
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 FAMILY COUNSELING — ADULT RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER
Action Family Counseling runs three residential treatment facilities as well as outpatient programming for adults and adolescents in California. The Bakersfield facility, located in northern Bakersfield in central California, offers residential treatment for adult men and women who are struggling with a substance abuse disorder and a dual diagnosis.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment begins with an initial screening assessment for alcohol and other drug use, as well as depression, trauma, anxiety, and any other mental or behavioral health disorders, plus nutritional health and educational needs.
Treatment at Action Family Counseling is firmly grounded in the 12-steps, and clients attend daily Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and/or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups. The residential program lasts 30 to 90 days, and group therapy forms the main framework for treatment at this facility. The family program includes multi-family group sessions, and can accommodate a variety of schedules.
The organization’s founder has 30 years of experience in helping troubled teens and dysfunctional families recover from drug and alcohol abuse. The four individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents live in one of three sections of a housing complex with two clients per room. There are also peaceful common areas and access to local rivers, mountains, and more. Meals are prepared by a live-in chef.
The four individuals polled to date on the center’s cleanliness gave it an average rating of 4.75 out of five stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
All four of the reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date were positive. The three alumni polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of areas each gave Action Family Counseling four or five out of five stars for its overall effectiveness and its family programming. Reviews also indicated, however, that the program might be light on extra-curricular activities: those three reviewers gave the facility one or two stars for its holistic and counseling options. “No holistic or alternative treatment options,” Daniel observed.
Otherwise, the reviews were mostly very positive, repeatedly praising the center’s staff and the warm welcome received. “Love the fact that they treat me like family no just like a number,” Rudy wrote, and Daniel added: “The counselors here were incredibly helpful and provided excellent guidance.”
At the time of this writing elsewhere online, the center had an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars on the facility’s official Facebook, which it can edit, based on 60 reviews. To date, there are also 15 ratings on Yelp which average 4.73 out of five stars. Most praised the staff and program for setting them on the right path. “I was a patient at the Residential Drug Treatment Program and The IOP. They all saved my life thank you. I love you all!!” John wrote on Yelp in a representative comment. Similar feedback is also given by a single reviewer on Google who left five out of five stars.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single review submitted to Rehabs.com to date was mostly positive. The anonymous reviewer said they would strongly recommend treatment at this facility and gave the center five out of five stars for its family program, counseling options, and treatment for co-occurring disorders. They echoed alumni, however, by giving the center just two stars for its holistic options and writing: “Needed better holistic offerings.”
“They brought us in with open arms and made sure we were taken care of,” Tommy wrote on Yelp, in the single review from a loved one on a secondary review site.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Staff have left mixed reviews on secondary review sites: at the time of this writing, the organization (as opposed to the Bakersfield location in particular) had average ratings of four out of five stars based on 11 reviews on Indeed, and 2.5 out of five stars based on eight reviews on Glassdoor. Many reviewers reported finding their work rewarding and praised their coworkers, but reviewers also repeatedly criticized the organization’s management, some of them citing a 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 in a representative review on Glassdoor.
According to the facility’s website, clients may utilize most major insurance providers to aid covering the cost of treatment.
Updated May 2017
Published on June 2017
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