Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers in Charlotte, NC

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(3.4 of 5)
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4944 Parkway Plaza #300
Charlotte NC 28217

Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers Philosophy

Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers offers outpatient recovery services for adolescents, teens, and adults suffering from substance abuse and chemical dependency. Individuals are provided comprehensive assessment and evaluations upon arrival. Once enrolled, clients are offered individual and group counseling, drug testing, family support, life skills education, experiential adventure therapy, acupuncture, sound therapy, meditation therapy, yoga and tai chi classes, life coaching, aftercare support services, and more.

Areas of Specialization

  • Out Patient
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Highlights

Meditation Therapy

Nutritional Therapy

Physical Therapy

Meet the Staff

Waylon D. Hinson, Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP)


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Waylon Hinson’s vision for Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers is to provide treatment that heals underlying causes and conditions, while also helping clients find their dogma or reason for being. He brings a unique perspective to helping his clients. Waylon believes we all have core issues we need to work on. He says treatment helps people break through all of this to heal and bring the brain back to a normal state. Waylon’s goal is to help every client who walks through the door not only achieve recovery, but also find their purpose in life. He focuses on helping people find whatever it is in this life that makes them tick. Through helping clients find their passion in life, Waylon believes they are less likely to find a need to abuse drugs or alcohol.

Ellen Barton, MS, CRC, LCAS

Clinical Director

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Ellen Barton began her career in the addiction treatment industry working for drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Australia. During Ellen’s training she had the opportunity of working under John Bradshaw and Pia Melody. Ellen also received specialized training in performing drug and alcohol interventions and relationship counseling. With over 21 years in recovery, Ellen brings a personal perspective to helping each and every Legacy client. Ellen places a strong emphasis on holistic healing and alternative therapies, including EMDR, sweat lodges, aromatherapy, yoga and massage therapy. Ellen believes these therapeutic methods are most effective in successfully treating those struggling with substance abuse problems. By placing a special emphasis on the family system and family dynamics, Ellen treats the entire family unit offering a new life for the client and everyone in their life.

Rehabs.com Editorial Review

Review by Rehabs.com Contributors


Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers operates six outpatient treatment centers in North Carolina and Ohio, for adults and adolescents who are struggling with substance abuse. The Charlotte facility, located southwest of downtown, provides intensive outpatient programming (IOP) integrating holistic therapies with individual and group psychotherapy. Treatment is also available to address co-occurring mental health disorders and addictions besides drugs and alcohol, such as sex, gambling, gaming, and eating.


The primary course of treatment available at the Charlotte Legacy Freedom Treatment Center is an intensive outpatient program that meets for group therapy three times a week and individual therapy at least twice a week. These sessions apply evidence-methods which include trauma-informed eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Additionally, clients participate in practices designed to strengthen coping skills, boundary-setting, emotion management, spiritual discovery, and physical recovery. Drug testing is a component of the intensive program.

Among the holistic therapies available are acupuncture, meditation, equine-assisted therapy, nutritional counseling, Tai Chi, and yoga.

Upon completion of the outpatient program, clients receive referrals to relevant services for continuing care, such as therapists, gyms, sober coaches, and sober-living facilities. The center also offers life coaching and couples and family counseling.


According to Legacy’s website, the staff at the Charlotte facility includes a medical doctor and master’s level therapists.At least one therapist is fluent in Spanish. Counselors hold an array of substance abuse and addiction certifications.


The two alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date offered polar opposite perspectives. One simply characterized the staff as great, while the other complained of a lack of personal guidance and education. A.B. reported personal relapses and failure of the treatment staff to provide accountability. "I found AA to be much more beneficial than the IOP," she wrote.

Secondary review sites yielded few, but unanimously positive coverage, with three perfect five-star ratings on Google. One alum, Jeremy, praised the physical aspects of addiction treatment at the facility and agreed with another reviewer that the program was helpful.[1]

Likewise, all nine ratings on the organization's Facebook page were five stars out of five. None included written comments, nor did they indicate which location they were rating.[2]


The single review submitted by a loved one to Rehabs.com was negative. The parent of a former client gave the facility just one star for the effectiveness of treatment, staff support, and family programming. She reported poor staff training and a lack of communication and accountability, which supported an alum criticism as well.


According to the facility’s website, most major health insurance plans and personal payments are accepted, but Medicare or Medicaid are not.

[1] https://goo.gl/mpYfme
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/LegacyFreedomTreatmentCenters/reviews/

Published on July 2017

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I was extremely disappointed with my experience at Legacy. Upon hearing their mission statement, I had hopes that the program would be a perfect fit. The day groups consisted of a counselor in the room as everybody "checked in". There were rarely any guided personal development activities, no educational component. I had a series of relapses, and was never called out on hot U/As, it was only discussed when I brought it up. I found AA to be much more beneficial than the IOP. I had thought I didn't like AA meetings until I expeienced Legacy "Freedom"

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