The W House of Hagerstown Foundation, Inc. opened its doors in 1988 to provide long-term residential treatment to women in Hagerstown, a city just south of the Pennsylvania border in Western Maryland. The facility treats up to 36 women at a time and is affiliated with two transitional care facilities that accept many of its graduates. The W House is under new executive leadership and plans to rebrand as Lasting Change Recovery in late 2017.
Accommodations and Food
Women reside in a home-like facility in a well-kept neighborhood in Hagerstown, a few blocks from Fairgrounds Park. Residents generally have 3 roommates and are taken grocery shopping each Saturday. They’re responsible for preparing their own meals, though many of the women choose to cook communally.
Cell phones and computers are not permitted in treatment. The facility features common areas for TV, reading and games, and many of the residents go for walks in the nearby park for exercise.
Treatment and Staff
Clients come to the W House by referral from hospitals and community agencies. Those in need of detox must complete the process prior to admission as all clients must have two weeks of sobriety before entering treatment.
Most residents stay in the program for three to six months, and treatment plans are organized into an orientation followed by two additional phases. In the 30-day orientation phase, clients stay in the facility and refrain from communicating with outside friends and families (except in emergencies). In Phase Two, clients can leave the facility for shopping and visits if they’ve earned passes through good behavior and participation. In this phase, they begin to look for employment or pursue education. In Phase Three, clients attend work or school regularly and create an aftercare and housing plan with their counselors.
Each weekday, clients have a full schedule of group and individual therapy and psychoeducation classes. Morning processing groups are CBT-based and address handling triggers, creating boundaries and recovery issues. Classes—usually held in the afternoons—include HIV prevention, administering Narcan and writing skills. In the evenings, clients attend on-site or community 12-step or Celebrate Recovery meetings. Most clients have individual therapy at least once a week.
The treatment team at W House is mainly comprised of LADCs who refer clients in need of dual diagnosis support to a nearby mental health clinic. Residents using Suboxone or methadone are admitted to the program; however, since W House promotes abstinence, clients on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) are encouraged to taper as soon as possible.
After they’ve successfully completed the orientation phase, clients earn passes to go shopping and on recreational trips, including overnight visits home. As they near the end of their treatment plan, clients may apply to W House’s pre-transitional care home, where they can stay for three to six months. After completing their stay, clients can enter W House’s transitional living apartments, where they can stay for up to a year.
W House of Hagerstown Foundation, Inc. has been providing long-term residential treatment to women in western Maryland for over 25 years. By offering vocational guidance as well as entry into its transitional care facilities, W House ensures that residents have the life skills and secure housing options to successfully build upon the foundation they’ve created in residential treatment.
The W House of Hagerstown Foundation, Inc.
519 N. Locust St
Hagerstown, MD 21740
W House of Hagerstown Foundation, Inc. Cost: Medicaid. Reach W House by phone at (301) 791-7862. Find The W House of Hagerstown on Facebook
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