Action Family Counseling (AFC) operates four Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) 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 Ventura residential program, also referred to as The Victorian, treats men and women and is equipped to provide treatment for co-occurring disorders. The facility is located in Piru, in eastern Ventura County, an historic small town that’s home to Lake Piru in the the Los Padres National Forest. Local clients in need of comprehensive outpatient treatment can attend the facility at the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) level of care.
Accommodations and Food
Clients reside in a former Victorian hotel, built in the 1800s. The home features nine bedrooms and clients have one to two roommates. The facility treats up to 22 clients at a time, and each room has a private bathroom.
The home has common areas for TV and games, and clients can congregate on the home’s porches and sprawling lawn. Personal electronics are generally not permitted, but clients may be permitted supervised phone and computer time if needed for work responsibilities. 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. Residents in need of detox are medically supervised for three to five days while they stabilize. They then enter treatment with highly-structured days of group therapy and psychoeducation classes. Individual therapy is scheduled at least once a week, as well. Clients usually participate in a total of five treatment groups each day.
Groups are led by addiction counselors, primarily CADCs, and the program is overseen by an MFT, who provides therapy for co-occurring disorders. The facility also works with a consulting psychiatrist for dual diagnosis support, including medication management.
The treatment team advocates abstinence and also uses harm reduction techniques. Counselors help clients improve their coping skills through CBT, solutions-focused therapy, trauma-informed care and work 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. Each evening, clients are transported to 12-step meetings in the community.
PHP clients attend groups and classes at the facility from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and are required to attend evening 12-step meetings, as well.
Each Saturday the facility hosts a family group for addiction education and emotional support. On weekends, the staff takes clients out for recreational activities, which often include excursions to the ocean and the shores of Lake Piru. For aftercare, clients may enroll in AFC’s nearby Simi Valley Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Action Family Counseling has been providing reliable outpatient and residential treatment to the residents of southern California for over 30 years. Its Ventura residential program provides well-structured treatment in a pleasant suburban, home-like atmosphere. By encouraging family participation and offering on-going outpatient treatment, Action Family Counseling ensures that its clients have strong support systems to return to upon completing their residential program.
Action Family Counseling
691 N Main St
Piru, CA 93040
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