Nestled in the heart of the historic Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dilworth Center provides an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in the unlikely setting of a quaint, two-story house from the early 1900s. Though the exterior looks more bed-and-breakfast than rehab facility, Dilworth has been providing alcoholism, substance abuse and addiction treatment to adults, young adults and adolescents for more than 25 years.
Treatment and Staff
Recovery at Dilworth begins with an initial assessment by clinical case coordinators, which is used to create an individualized treatment plan for the client.
IOP length is 15 weeks and clients move through several levels of treatment. Level I, which lasts six weeks, consists of three-and-a-half hour meetings three times week, including two evenings during the week and a Saturday morning session. These meetings consist of a psychoeducational lecture—which covers topics such as dual diagnosis, relapse prevention and how the disease of addiction affects the family—in addition to group therapy. Groups are reasonably small, with roughly eight to 10 clients in each session. Clients also have individual therapy at least once a week, with additional sessions available if called for in the treatment plan.
After six weeks, clients in IOP move on to Level II, which consists of nine weeks of group therapy twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During this phase, individual therapy may continue, depending on a client’s treatment plan. Some clients may continue treatment beyond the nine weeks if indicated.
In addition to therapy, clients are required to participate in the 12-step program andattend AA meetings each week, the number of which varies for each client. Families are encouraged to attend Al-Anon and to participate in their own educational and group therapy.
Dilworth does not offer dual-diagnosis support, though staff can provide information to clients on the topic. Referrals for detox and residential facilities can also be made.
The Dilworth staff consists of several counselors with degrees including CSAC, LPC and LCAS, in addition to several assessment and intake officers and five treatment facilitators, three of whom specialize in youth counseling. The staff-to-client ratio varies based on enrollment.
One of the services that distinguishes Dilworth is its nurse’s aftercare program, which facilitates the integration of nurses back into the workforce after they complete treatment. To participate, a client must be a former nurse and be willing to commit to group sessions once a week for a year.
Dilworth also offers relapse prevention for those who may be at a higher risk of relapse. An initial assessment is required for admission to this program and clients are required to make a 12-week commitment.
For individuals looking for a traditional outpatient approach that includes group and individual therapy, Dilworth offers a comfortable, safe environment. Moreover, with its family-oriented philosophy, spouses, children and parents of clients can get support and to learn about chemical dependency. The facility works on a sliding scale and also takes various kinds of insurance, making Dilworth Center affordable for most prospective clients.
2240 Park Rd
Charlotte, NC 28203
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