Letters: Treatment works for people with addiction; Tomlin announces run for mayor of Hampstead

Treatment works for people with addiction issues

People who are suffering with addiction often are given a hard time by people who are not experienced with addiction.

The people that I know who are addicted to drugs or alcohol are miserable. They are very unhappy at the problems their addiction has brought to their life. They are sad about how many of their friends have suddenly passed away. They are estranged from their family and they miss them.


As a society we need to show compassion and love towards those suffering with addiction. We need to help them by recommending them to get into treatment. We need to help them by telling them you will not give them any more money until they get into treatment. You need to help them by telling them you will not pay their rent or buy them clothes until they get into treatment.

Treatment works, folks! Sober Truth, the only treatment center in Taneytown, has a policy that all clients in need will be treated, with or without insurance. We extend love and caring to our clients by making sure they are in treatment. Sober Truth will pick them up if they don’t have a ride to treatment. Sober Truth will make sure that their clients get food if they need it. We try to meet our clients where they are and help them in any way that we can.

A young man who had been suffering with addiction for many years was struggling to make his group treatment on time. He was working full time and his boss would not let him out early enough to get to group on time. He was 15 to 20 minutes late. Even though one of our group topics is personal responsibility, we felt like it was more worthwhile to help him receive treatment even though he was consistently late, and he completed his program successfully and he remains clean and sober today.

Joyce Mahoney


The writer is the executive director of Sober Truth in Taneytown.

Tomlin announces candidacy for Hampstead mayor

My name is Zach Tomlin and I would like to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for Mayor of Hampstead.

Even though I am running for a political office, I am no politician. I am a problem-solver. I am a local small business owner in the field of information technology. Troubleshooting is a big part of my job and we face many issues that require someone with the proven ability to resolve problems.

I love Carroll County. I was born and raised here. I am the fourth generation of my family to call Carroll County “home” and my two children are the fifth.

I believe that we are ready to make progress. Growing up, I never thought that I would run for political office. I do not think like a politician and I certainly do not act like one. However, I have seen and heard things from our current elected officials that I cannot ignore.

We all know what the real problem is. We lack true representation. Out of the approximate 4,000 registered voters in Hampstead, we typically only see around 250 people show up to cast a ballot.

My challenger has been in office for almost a quarter century. Twenty-four years is plenty of time to demonstrate your ability to make progress. Yet, I have lived in Carroll County pretty much my entire life and all I have seen is Hampstead deteriorate.

The endless construction on Main Street, the development of a toxic neighborhood that received the blessing of the incumbent mayor, and the closure of our beloved North Carroll High School.

We are at a tipping point in Hampstead. We cannot wait another four years to change course. It needs to happen now.


We need fresh blood, fresh perspective and someone that knows how to run an organization efficiently. We need someone that will stand up for us, the people. Someone that will listen to your concerns and take them to heart. Someone that will work on your behalf.

It is for these reasons that I humbly ask for your vote on May 14, 2019.

If you would like more information on who I am please visit and please feel free to reach out. Thank you.

Zach Tomlin