Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency in Charlotte, NC

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(3.4 of 5)
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2240 Park Road
Charlotte NC 28203

Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency Philosophy

Located in the historic Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency offers intensive outpatient treatment services for individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. The facility believes that effective substance abuse treatment is all about discovery, and focuses on providing clients with the education and resources they’ll need to become knowledgeable about the disease of addiction, structure positive support systems, and develop solid tools for long-term recovery.

Areas of Specialization

  • Family Program
    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

  • Intensive Out Patient (IOP)
    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Facility Highlights

Specialty Programs

Adolescent Alcohol/Drug Addiction Male Only Older Adult Recovery Women Only

Meet the Staff

Charles Odell


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MSW, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS). Mr. Odell is responsible for Dilworth Center’s administration and clinical program development. He has worked in chemical dependency treatment for over 25 years, specializing in treatment for adults, young adults, adolescents and families. Mr. Odell has been with the Dilworth Center since 1995.

William Bullock

Medical Director

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MD, Dr. Bullock is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is responsible for the Dilworth Center’s medical supervision. Dr. Bullock is a past board member and President of the Diabetes Association of Mecklenburg and Union Counties, as well as Chief and President of the Medical Staff at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. He has been with the Dilworth Center since 1994.

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Review by Rehabs.com Contributors


Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency in historic Charlotte, N.C. has offered treatment services for alcohol and drug addiction for over 25 years. The facility, located in the historic Dilworth neighborhood just south of downtown, has separate intensive outpatient programs for adolescents, young adults, and adults to ensure age-appropriateness. Once completing treatment, clients can access an aftercare relapse prevention program, as well as a specialized aftercare program for nurses. In addition, there is an addiction prevention and education program for children ages six to 11.


Each client is thoroughly assessed prior to admittance and upon intake, a treatment plan is established and the client is oriented to either the adult, adolescent, or young adult program. Treatment at The Dilworth Center relies heavily on the 12-step model.
The adult and young adult intensive outpatient programs are broken up into two levels, Level I and Level II, with varying lengths. Level I consists of lectures and group therapy on topics such as the disease model of addiction and dual-diagnosis, as well as 12-step meetings. Level II expands on Level I and reinforces 12-step principles and teaches clients relapse preventions strategies. Individual counseling is also part of the program on an as needed basis.

While the adult and young adult programs are 15 and 17 weeks long, respectively, the adolescent intensive outpatient program lasts 18 weeks. Adolescent treatment includes disease and coping skills education, 12-step work, group therapy, and individual counseling. Parents and guardians of adolescents are required to participate in the facility’s family program.
Family members are encouraged to participate in each program through education sessions, group therapy, and 12-step groups. The aftercare relapse prevention program requires a 12-session commitment and includes group and individual therapy.


The Dilworth Center employees a treatment team with diverse qualifications, including licensed clinical addictions specialists, a physician, a licensed clinical social worker, certified substance abuse counselors, a licensed marriage and family therapist associate, an advanced certified relapse prevention specialist, and various master’s and bachelor’s-level counselors.


According to the facility’s website, the Dilworth Center is housed in a large two-story home designed to be a warm and comfortable environment.


Currently, Rehabs.com has received two positive reviews from alumni of this facility. Both alumni gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and accommodations. One alum, Scott, commented on the caring and qualified staff, writing “The team at Dilworth Center is amazing. The counselors are experienced and truly care about the patients. Lectures are actually entertaining and enlightening.”

On Google, the facility received seven reviews with an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars. Reviews on Google are mostly either one- or five-star ratings, showing the incredibly mixed feedback on this facility. Two alumni gave five-star representative reviews and indicated effective treatment and compassionate staff. “I had previously tried lots of other programs and groups (nearly every one in Charlotte by the time I finally got sober) and never saw the same level of compassion as I did at Dilworth,” an alum named Matt wrote. Another alum, Jonathan, gave a one-star rating and wrote the program was too religious and rigidly structured.


The single loved one who submitted a review to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing offered negative feedback regarding staff at this facility. The loved one, B.M., gave only one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and wrote of staff who lack accountability and blame family members. “If your loved one happens to fit the narrow definition that Dilworth is equipped to help with, you MAY find the solution -- the same one used for EVERYONE -- to be workable. But if not, the staff will frustrate both you and your loved one,” B.M. wrote.

On Google, the parent of a teenager echoed poor experience with staff. The parent, Bruce, commented the adolescent program was too strict and staff could have been better at communicating with loved ones.


Dilworth Center accepts most major insurance plans to help cover the cost of treatment. The center has a scholarship fund to assist those who cannot afford treatment.

Published on June 2017

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I liked the lectures. Nice building. Counselors were egotistical. As a parent, they made me feel bad. They were argumentative to me. They were argumentative to my child. Told my child that she should not be living with us. Made my child feel worse than when she first entered this place. Expelled my child after a few weeks. Might work for some people but not for us.

Utterly terrible place... They do nothing but make you feel worse. Counselors are egotistical and woefully unequipped to handle much of anything...

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The team at Dilworth Center is amazing. The counselors are experienced and truly care about the patients. Lectures are actually entertaining and enlightening. Accountability is held up with urine screens throughout treatment. The atmosphere is inviting, relaxing, and comforting. Overall a great place to help with your recovery!

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It was great.

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When the Dilworth Center began and its founders were involved with treatment, it may have been effective. Those days are long gone. It is now staffed mostly by angry women who focus on blame and guilt. Wondering why they're doing something? Then you're "blocking" or "empowering non-recovery." Don't even think about expressing an opinion about what treatment might be better for your loved one; the staff "knows better" and, after all, "who contributed to this person's addiction … hmmmmm?" There is no accountability from the staff... If your loved one happens to fit the narrow definition that Dilworth is equipped to help with, you MAY find the solution -- the same one used for EVERYONE -- to be workable. But if not, the staff will frustrate both you and your loved one.

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