Baltimore County Now
Dave Goldman, LSWC-C
Chief, Bureau of Behavioral Health
Baltimore County Department of Health
We all know someone who has been impacted by alcohol or drug abuse. It could be a friend, family member, neighbor, and certainly no one is exempt-even celebrities and sports figures. The path to drug addiction begins with the voluntary act of taking drugs – even when it starts as a prescription!
Addiction is a complex illness characterized by intense and, at times, uncontrollable drug craving, along with compulsive drug seeking and use that persists even in the face of devastating consequences. No one says they want to be a drug addict when they grow up, but over time a person's thinking becomes compromised and seeking and consuming the drug becomes compulsive.
Treatment is not simple, but it works! Treatment programs typically incorporate many components, each directed to a particular aspect of the illness and its consequences. Addiction treatment must help the individual stop using drugs, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society. Because addiction is a chronic disease, people cannot simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured.
Behavioral therapy and medication can be important elements of an overall therapeutic process. A continuum of care that includes a customized treatment regimen—addressing all aspects of an individual's life, including medical and mental health services—and follow–up options (e.g., community – or family-based recovery support systems) can be crucial to a person's success in achieving and maintaining a drug–free lifestyle. For more information on substance abuse treatment services in Baltimore County, call 410-887-3828.
Baltimore County Office of Communications
The first time I walked into the lobby, I thought I was in a luxury hotel. A large contemporary stone fireplace was warming oh-so-comfy chairs. It only got better when I went to the fifth floor, where residents and their guests find a stunning community room with several entertainment areas, a heated rooftop pool, and a fitness center. The only word I can think of for these spaces is “curated.” It’s easy to envy the residents of the 357 apartments in this 18-story building.
I’ll stop here, before I sound too much like a leasing brochure. Here’s my point: The building is on Washington Avenue in the Palisades of Towson. Yes, downtown Towson.
More than 2,600 equally beautiful apartments and townhomes have recently been built or are in development, all within a five-minute walk of the shopping, restaurants, parks and entertainment in downtown Towson. These new homes are perfect for young professionals, college students and faculty, and people who want all the amenities of 21204 living without having to mow a lawn.
What does this mean for Towson? It means more people will be just down the street from their office or college campus, enjoying downtown Towson life. It means more people will be walking from home to catch a movie at the new theatres being built at Towson Square, or stopping by Towson City Center for a Live Lunch concert at the new WTMD studios. It means more people will be enjoying a meal at a locally-owned restaurant (Oyster Bay Grille just opened, and Cunningham’s is opening soon). It means more people will be working off that meal at the new L.A. Fitness Center at Towson Commons, visiting an exhibit at the Towson Arts Collective, and discovering one-of-a-kind gems along Allegheny Avenue.
New residential development in downtown Towson is already bringing over $450 million in private investment to the County. We asked County Executive Kevin Kamenetz what this means for the county as a whole. “The new development in downtown Towson translates into hundreds of construction jobs, plus increased tax revenue to help the County pay for schools, public safety and upgrades to our aging infrastructure. This is vital to our continued economic success.”
“A great County seat deserves a great, vibrant downtown,” the County Executive added. “With all the luxury amenities in the new apartment communities, it might be tough to coax downtown Towson residents out of their buildings. But who would want to pass up the shopping, restaurants and entertainment just down the street? After all, isn’t that why folks are moving here in the first place?”
Click here for a slide show of the new luxury apartments in downtown Towson.
Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion
If you haven’t explored what Baltimore County’s wine country has to offer, there is no better time than now. Baltimore County is home to six great local wineries and vineyards, bottling everything from Cabernet Franc to Gingeroot cider, and even a highly successful world-class craft beer operation. That’s not all we have to brag about, after many of our vineyards won awards at the premier contest for Maryland wines.
At a reception held by the Maryland Wineries Association First Lady Katie O'Malley announced the finalists and winner of the 23rd Annual Maryland Governor's Cup Competition.
Boordy Vineyards' Vidal Blanc 2012 and Royal Rabbit Vineyards' Chatelaine 2012 (both white wines) took "Best in Class" for Off-Dry Varietal and Off-Dry Blend respectively. Boordy Vineyards held this title last year for its Landmark Reserve 2010.
In all, Baltimore County wines ended up with 18 gold, silver, and bronze medals from the competition’s judges. An especially impressive feat, considering the more than 400 wines produced in Maryland’s growing wine industry.