Now accepting MEDI-CAL for Adolescent and Adult IOP programs in Santa Clarita
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Now accepting MEDI-CAL for Adolescent and Adult IOP programs in Santa Clarita
Call Our 24 Help Line(800) 367-8336

About Action Family Counseling of Santa Clarita, CA

Cary Quashen is an alcoholic.  When Cary uses drugs and alcohol, he loses control himself and becomes addicted. He knew that he needed to change his ways and stop using to be happy and to be successful in this world. Cary’s sobriety date is December 25 1980.  Cary’s life went from bad to great.  Cary & Kirsten Quashen founded Action Family Counseling in 1997.

Cary & Kirsten Quashen founded Action Family Counseling in 1997

Joint Commission Accreditation shows that we make a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis, from the top down. We seek accreditation for our organization because we want to be the best, and we view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as an imperative step towards excellence.

By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety, Action Family Counseling, Inc. has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. Everyone at Action plays a vital role in working to meet the standards. Our Quality Report is available for viewing online at

Joint Commission Accredited Drug Addiction Treatment Center Badge

Action Has Been Treating People With Drug & Alcohol Abuse For Over 20 Years

If you are reading this now, you have come to the right place. We can help.

For anybody that understands the horror of drug addiction or the seeming darkness of mental health challenges, we encourage you to seek help. You do not have to do it alone. We, at Action Family Counseling, AKA the Action drug rehab centers, have decades of experience helping people from all walks of life who suffer from addiction or co-occurring mental health challenges. Please continue reading and make the phone call.  Our Admissions Team is available to help people get into treatment fast 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

Action’s  Advantages

The Action drug rehab centers is a group of dedicated, compassionate, and highly trained experts in the fields of Addictive Medicine, Substance Abuse Treatment, and Mental Health.

We have been providing client centered, individualized, and compassionate care and treatment for adults, adolescents, and families in Santa Clarita and Ventura for over 20 years. Contracted with nearly every major insurance company and able to utilize your HMO or PPO plan, there is a solution for nearly every person or family in need of help for addiction or dual-diagnosis challenges.

We recognize that seeking help for addiction to drugs and alcohol is difficult for many reasons.  We understand that many of us feel embarrassed, guilty, shameful, and scared.  We want anybody who is seeking treatment for addiction and mental health to understand that these feelings are not only normal, but inextricably woven into what it means to be human.  From our perspective, the only regret would be to not seek help.

The Action drug rehab center’s treatment team is made up of a multi-disciplinary and highly trained group of professionals consisting of psychiatrists, therapists, nurses, chemical dependency counselors, mental health and professional counselors, case managers, social workers, technicians, and administrators. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive, client driven, highly individualized, effective, tested, research-based, and compassionate group of addiction treatment programs with an emphasis on the foundational skills that will assist clients on every level.

The Joint Commission Accreditation

The Action drug rehab centers are accredited by The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, the highest level of certification that exists in the field of Behavioral Health.  This certification is considered to be the golden standard of health care and is continuously tested, augmented, refined, and examined on a yearly basis for reliability, quality, validity, and effectiveness.  There is no higher level that can be achieved with regard to accreditation.

From that day forward, Cary has put together 37 years of continuous sobriety. Cary began his work in the drug & alcohol treatment business when he was in his twenties, and is going stronger than ever today. Cary found his passion of helping people like him.

Treatment Programs for Teens & Adults

Action Family Counseling has treatment programs for both adults and adolescents struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol, and for dual-diagnosis challenges.  If you are a concerned parent, grandparent, teacher, counselor, or friend, we can absolutely be of assistance to you and your loved one.

Adolescents face a unique set of challenges.  They are caught between the world of the adult and the innocence of childhood.  This is a period of time where young adults are individuating from their parents and learning about the larger context and society in which they live.  Even though for most families the emphasis is on the adolescent, we maintain that during this crucial period of development that the entire family is thrown into a state of flux and change.

The need for flexibility yet strength, understanding yet boundaries, communication yet rules, can be overwhelming.  This is often when problems that were barely visible can grow into glaring and seemingly unsolvable problems.  We at the Action drug and alcohol treatment centers can help.

We have over 20 years of experience in working with adolescents and their families and can provide solutions for your family.  Whether mental health challenges, substance abuse problems, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, truancy, academic issues, gang involvement, family problems, or all of the above, we have the experience with proven solutions that you are looking for.

A Clinically Focused Treatment Program

We know from experience that in order to successfully treat mental health challenges and addictive disorders, we must understand the context in which the symptoms of these challenges occur.  It is not enough to merely eradicate the symptoms of a particular disorder without looking more deeply at the medical, psychological, social, and spiritual basis for the manifestations of the disorders themselves.

In our experience, the outward presentation is merely a reflection and symptom set of something that exists within each individual.  In order to successfully employ a solution set that will benefit our clients, we must begin to look at the myriad of internal and external factors upon which any particular disorder or challenge springs from.  It is not enough, from our point of view, to focus on symptom eradication, as the foundation for healing is to be found underneath what the symptoms are pointing to.

The basis for long-term, real, and sustainable change lies within the degree to which clients are given the opportunity to explore themselves and their inner worlds.  In addition, we must be willing to comprehensively explore the various systems in which they operate and begin to understand their interrelationship with their communities.  This infrastructure provides the bedrock upon which the healing with any particular challenges resides.

There are many social stigmas that are attached to mental health challenges and addictive disorders.  In the early days of treatment, society viewed these kinds of challenges as moral deficiencies or characterological weaknesses.  Addiction to drugs and alcohol was very much so stigmatized. It is with great enthusiasm and the hard work of an educated group of researchers, teachers, physicians, and therapists that we now know conclusively that mental health and addictive disorders are “disease” processes.  These challenges are conclusively progressive, life deteriorating, potentially fatal, yet treatable.

We, at the Action drug rehab centers understand experientially and through decades of community involvement that in order to fully understand the disease process, we must delve into the highly personal and context driven origin of the particular disease that has manifested within any individual or family system itself.  Only there can we begin to be an agent for change, as this kind of integrated and robust examination serves as the only springboard that we know of for everlasting and meaningful change.

Action’s treatment programs approach involves a multi-dimensional, integrated, and thorough examination of the highly individualized, context driven, medically informed, and systemic nature of the underlying causation of what brings people to us.

Admissions Team With Years of Experience and Knowledge

Every client that enters into any one of our addiction and mental health treatment programs is first screened by telephone by our highly trained intake personnel.  Our intake professionals will be able to determine, to large extent, which level of care may be best suited for your particular challenges.

Depending upon this initial screening, our clients will meet with counseling staff and therapists at one of our locations, designated by level of care.  There we will provide a thorough multi-dimensional assessment so that we can determine which level of care may be best suited for you.

Various Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs

Action Family Counseling offers Residential Treatment AKA inpatient rehab (RTC), Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP), and Partial day treatment to those struggling with substance abuse disorders, addiction to drugs and alcohol, and mental health challenges.  Each level of care is designated and assembled based upon acuity, or severity, of the presenting challenges experienced by our clients.  It is in this way that we can individualize and effectively place each client according to their particular needs, so that we can provide highly personalized treatment programs.

Inpatient Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers

Action Family Counseling’s Residential Treatment Program (RTC) is designed for clients whose severity of mental health challenges or substance use or addiction mandates that they live at one of our facilities for the initial duration of their treatment process. Action’s inpatient drug & alcohol addiction and abuse rehab facility is located in Ventura in California. This phase of recovery follows detoxification for substance abuse clients which meet criteria, but also has clinical utility for clients suffering from mental health challenges that threaten safety, social and occupational functioning, familial cohesiveness, and the need for medication management.

We also work effectively with clients who are dually-diagnosed and often provide treatment to people who have a complicated and layered challenge set.  Often clients come to us for help with a substance abuse problem, such as an addiction to drugs or alcohol, but upon closer evaluation and assessment by our treatment team we find that the substance abuse problem is exacerbated by underlying mental health challenges that need to be treated concurrently.

Residential Treatment (RTC) at the Action drug rehab centers consists of individual, group, and family therapy and counseling throughout the day.  The groups are facilitated by highly trained experts in their respective fields.  We have ongoing life skills, relapse prevention, coping skills, psycho-educational, group process, cognitive and perceptual restructuring, and familial groups as well as activities and attendance at 12-step and community resource meetings.

All of our Residential Treatment Program clients will work directly with our attending physicians for medication management as deemed appropriate.  In addition, counseling sessions, both familial and individual, will be conducted with a focus on helping to resolve the underlying causation of our clients’ challenges.

Intensive Outpatient Drug & Alcohol Treatment Program

The Action drug rehab centers Intensive Outpatient treatment Program (IOP) usually follows Residential Treatment (RTC) for many clients, but can also serve as an entry point in the treatment process for those whose needs are less severe. Action has an outpatient treatment center located in Santa Clarita in California.

The delivery system for this level of care is group attendance 3 times per week as well as ongoing participation in community resource groups, 12-step attendance, individual and family therapy, and/or sober living.  This level of care is designed to assist clients in meeting their familial, occupational, and social responsibilities while concurrently attending Intensive Outpatient treatment groups and participating in community resource groups and encounters aligned with their particular challenges.

Each client in an Action outpatient treatment center is assigned a counselor who will assess each client’s unique challenge set and individual path to chart a course of addiction treatment that will provide the opportunity for effective long-lasting change.