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sober living hagerstown marylandThe Basics

Formally known as The W House Foundation, Lasting Change in Hagerstown, Maryland, is a facility that provides sober living to women in early sobriety. The non-profit organization facilitates treatment in three different tiers, namely residential, pre-transitional and transitional.

Accommodations and Amenities

As they proceed through the treatment tiers, residents stay in different accommodations. Because the organization is restructuring the programs, the bed count is in flux; as of publishing, there are approximately 42 beds available for all phases.

In the initial residential phase, a structured program akin to a halfway house rather than residential treatment. Clients stay in a large house with eight different bedrooms, each equipped with two to three beds, shared dressers and closet space. The rest of the home features shared living areas with TV, on-site laundry and a full kitchen. During their stay, residents care provided with three meals a day served by the staff. The residential phase typically lasts for 30 to 90 days.

The accommodations in the next two phases are similar—pre-transitional places clients in self-contained apartments with shared bedrooms, though each unit has its own bathroom and kitchenette. Residents can stay in this phase for three to six months before moving on to one of two nearby transitional homes for up to year. The rooms at these houses are similar to the main house, though clients may have private rooms and learn to cook their own meals. The latter portion of the program can also last for up to a year.

Rules and Regulations

In the initial portion of the program, clients’ daily schedules include individual and group therapy covering a range of topics including relapse prevention, coping skills, problem solving, family issues, trauma-informed care and discharge planning. Other educational sessions cover HIV/STD education, codependency, emotional processing, addiction as a disease and a range of life skills— like anger management and job searching. Women’s-specific issues are also covered. While dual diagnosis support is limited, the organization does offer medication management and case management services.

All clients are required to seek employment and to attend 12-step meetings. Non-working residents must attend two meetings a day while those with a job attend only one. After the first 90 days, this rule becomes slightly more lenient with residents attending only five meetings a week. All residents must also find a sponsor within two weeks of enrolling in the program and submit to regular urinalysis testing which they are required to pay for themselves.

Extras

Additional services include HIV/STD testing, as well as family and couples therapy. Parenting classes are also available. In conjunction with its case management services, Lasting Change can also help alumni develop aftercare plans.

In Summary

Overall, Lasting Change is a well-rounded organization that provides women a safe place to spend early sobriety. Each program relies extensively on the 12 steps, with supplemental life skills and educational groups to help clients reintegrate into society. For those in the area seeking an affordable sober living option with a continuum of care, Lasting Change is worth considering.

Lasting Change
519 N Locust St
Hagerstown, MD

Lasting Change Cost: $70 (deposit, refundable); $280 (30 days, $70 a week). Reach Lasting Change at (301) 791-7826 or by email at [email protected]. Find Lasting Change via The W House Foundation on Facebook

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