Action Family Counseling (AFC) operates four Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and three residential treatment programs in southern California. AFC was founded by Cary Quashen, who has been in recovery for over 35 years. Quashen currently serves as Executive Director of Henry May Newhall Memorial Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit and has worked in the recovery industry for over 20 years.
AFC’s programs focus on addiction education and leading clients through the 12-step framework. Its adolescent residential program, The Ranch, is located in Saugus, near Santa Clarita, on 20 peaceful acres that feature streams and hiking trails. The Ranch serves male and female residents ages 12 to 17 and is equipped to treat clients with co-occurring disorders. AFC also operates a sober high school program in the Santa Clarita school district.
Accommodations and Food
The Ranch has several building on its property, which includes an on-site classroom and swimming pool. The two-story residential building has seven bedrooms, which sleep two or three residents each with a maximum of 21 clients in treatment at any one time.
The home has comfortable common areas for TV, and clients can congregate on the property’s patios and lawns. Personal electronics are not permitted. A house chef and kitchen staff prepare all meals according to clients’ preferences and nutritional needs.
Treatment and Staff
Residential treatment plans usually last 30 days, but extensions may be possible. Clients have four hours of schooling each day in the on-site classroom. They also have group therapy and psychoeducation classes, up to five sessions each day. Individual therapy is scheduled at least once a week, as well.
Groups are led by addiction counselors, primarily CADCs, and the program is overseen by an MFT, who provides therapy for co-occurring disorders. Clients in need of comprehensive dual diagnosis support may also be taken off-site for consultations with psychiatrists and psychologists.
The treatment team advocates abstinence and also uses harm reduction techniques. Counselors help clients improve their coping skills through CBT and exploring family systems. Groups address topics such as early recovery issues, relapse prevention and creating boundaries. Clients also participate in experiential therapy groups such as music and art therapy and receive meditation and mindfulness training. Most evenings, clients are transported to local SMART Recovery and/or 12-step meetings.
Family involvement is encouraged at The Ranch, and each Saturday the facility hosts a family group for addiction education and emotional support. On weekends, the staff takes clients to Santa Clarita for recreational activities, such as boxing, yoga and trampoline. For aftercare, clients may enroll in AFC’s IOP.
Action Family Counseling has been providing reliable outpatient and residential treatment to the residents of southern California for over 30 years. Its Santa Clarita adolescent residential program, The Ranch, allows clients to maintain their studies while participating in full-time treatment and developing coping skills in a therapeutic living environment. By encouraging family participation and offering on-going outpatient treatment, Action Family Counseling ensures that its young clients have strong support systems to return to upon completing their residential program.
Action Family Counseling: The Ranch
30035 Bouquet Canyon Rd
Saugus, CA 91300
Action Family Counseling: Santa Clarita Outpatient Residential Cost: $15,660 (30 days); accepts insurance. Reach Action Family Counseling by phone at (800) 367-8336. Find Action Family Counseling on Facebook and YouTube
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