About Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency
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.
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.
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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.Show Bio
William BullockMedical Director
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.Show Bio
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ABOUT DILWORTH CENTER FOR CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY
For more than 25 years, Dilworth Center, in Charlotte, N.C., has provided treatment services for alcohol and drug addiction. Located in the historic Dilworth neighborhood south of downtown, the facility offers age-appropriate intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for adults, young adults, and adolescents. Once completing treatment, clients can access an aftercare relapse prevention program, as well as a specialized aftercare program for nurses.
The facility also offers an outpatient treatment track for professionals and the Dilworth Kids Program for addiction prevention and education for children ages seven to 14. Within the state, Dilworth Center is among 41.1 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities with an IOP, 30.3 percent with specially tailored programs for young adults, and among 26.1 percent with programs for adolescents.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
At Dilworth Center, each client undergoes a complete assessment to determine the most beneficial level of care and services. Treatment relies heavily on the 12-step model, which is practiced at 69.5 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities in the state.
The adult and young adult IOPs last 16 weeks and are divided into Level I and Level II. 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 reinforces 12-step principles and teaches clients relapse preventions strategies. Individual counseling also is part of the offering, on an as-needed basis.
The adolescent IOP is 18 weeks. Treatment includes disease and coping skills education, 12-step work, group therapy, and individual counseling. Parents and guardians are required to participate in the family and systems treatment module.
In all of the IOPs, family members are encouraged to attend education sessions, group therapy, and 12-step groups. The aftercare relapse prevention program requires a 12-session commitment and includes group and individual therapy.
Dilworth Center’s treatment services for professionals are career-specific and include executives, attorneys, bankers, physicians, nurses, dentists, pilots, and athletes. The facility is an approved provider for a range of regulatory and advocacy boards, such as the Federal Aviation Administration, North Carolina Caring Dental Professionals, and Positive Action for Lawyers. The agency provides therapy, education, support, and guidance to those who are chemically addicted as well as their families.
Within the state, Dilworth Center is among 43.9 percent of substance abuse treatment sites accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The organization employs a treatment team with diverse qualifications, including a medical director, licensed clinical addictions specialists, certified substance abuse counselors, a physician, licensed clinical social worker, licensed marriage and family therapist associate, advanced certified relapse prevention specialist, and other master’s- and bachelor’s-level counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Set in a large, two-story homelike structure on a well landscaped plot of land, Dilworth Center is designed to provide a warm and comfortable atmosphere. The facility is located conveniently to main thoroughfares and both I-85 and I-99.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, the four former clients who reviewed Dilworth Center for Rehabs.com submitted mostly favorable feedback: three positive impressions and one negative. Several praised the staff, referring to them as “knowledgeable” and “experienced and truly care about patients.”
Two alumni brought up the aspect of accountability during treatment via urine screens, one writing: “Held accountable for actions, including drug testing throughout.” The fourth reviewer had a completely different view of Dilworth Center, considering it an “Utterly terrible place” and claiming the counselors were “egotistical and woefully unequipped to handle much of anything…”
On secondary sites, Dilworth Center received highly favorable coverage to date: 4.3 out of five stars based on 11 reviews on Google; and the top five stars based on two reviews on Facebook, which the organization may manage.  
Alumni praised the staff for both their therapeutic and emotional contributions to their outcome, writing: “The staff is knowledgeable, seriously compassionate and lovingly challenging.” They referred to the environment as educational and welcoming, while another alum added: “The golden standard of outpatient rehab in Charlotte.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, the two loved ones who reviewed Dilworth Center for Rehabs.com submitted negative views about the facility, such that they both rated its treatment effectiveness only one out of five stars. Both also reported that they and their loved one did not only not benefit, but also experienced negative repercussions. “As a parent, they made me feel bad. They were argumentative to me. They were argumentative to my child,” the loved one wrote.
The other loved one wrote: “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.”
Dilworth Center is among 53.4 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities in North Carolina that are private, non-profit. It accepts most major insurance plans. Those who cannot afford treatment may be eligible for financial assistance through the facility’s scholarship fund.
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AnonymousOverall it was good. Held accountable for actions, including drug testing throughout. Knowledgeable staff. Group settings were not helpful for me.
NoGoI 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.
JCNUtterly terrible place... They do nothing but make you feel worse. Counselors are egotistical and woefully unequipped to handle much of anything...
ScottThe 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!
AnonymousIt was great.
BMWhen 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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