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About Us

Lasting Change is a private not-for-profit residential and outpatient community substance agency that provides a full range of chemical dependency services to women ages 18 and over. Programs assist individuals struggling with addiction problems gain a better understanding of the illness and how to manage symptoms, thereby improving the quality of day to day living.

Mission Statement

Lasting Change's mission is to empower lifelong change against addiction that is guided by a compassionate, structured path with a purpose to build healthier individuals and communities.

Our Philosophy

It is the philosophy of this program that individuals benefit most from a holistic biopsychosocial approach to care which includes attention to physical, emotional, social, interpersonal, and spiritual well-being.  Attendance is paramount to achieving the goals that are developed with the consumer allowing the consumer to become recovery focused.  Our programs encourage coordination with a physician for medical care, mental health services and family participation and referrals to appropriate community resources are provided as needed.

Our History

The W House Foundation of Hagerstown, Inc., established in 1988 by local community members, recognized the need for supportive, sober housing for women recovering from alcoholism. It was certified as a Continuing Care Facility by the Department of Health and Mental Health in 1990. By 1995, The W House expanded its capabilities, implementing a 24-hour staffed clinical program to facilitate the transition of women from custody to community-based treatment. This expansion was supported by grants from the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the Washington County Health Department, Division of Addiction and Mental Health.


In 2016, the organization underwent a rebranding to become known as Lasting Change, Recovery Solutions for Women. Lasting Change achieved CARF Accreditation in 2017 and was reaccredited in 2021 and 2024, continuing its commitment to providing comprehensive recovery solutions for women.

Licensing, Accreditation and Funding

Lasting Change is licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).  Funding comes from Medicaid, client fees, grants and private donations.

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