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Dilworth Center


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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.

In Summary

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.

Dilworth Center Location

Dilworth Center
2240 Park Rd
Charlotte, NC 28203

Dilworth Center Cost

Sliding scale (15-week program). Reach Dilworth Center by phone at (702) 374-6969 or by email at [email protected]. Find Dilworth Center on Facebook

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  1. i went into Dilworth a year or two ago for an evaluation, and one hour proved to me i should never enter this facility. At 18 years old i went in with my parents. After a brief group talk i sat down with an evaluator to talk about my substance use. I had a long, nice conversation with the lady who i talked to. It was pleasant, fair, and i was starting to trust her. The second my parents came in the room she changed. After an hour of leading me to believe while i was a user, i was not abusive, she suddenly was telling my parents i needed to be immediately submitted. She started telling my parents things i had said but exaggerating and even made things up. She even went as far to tell them that if i went to college i would be dead within 3 months. I remember that statement vividly because it was so offensive and was such an obvious lie i could not believe it. It seemed too obscene to be true. After a long rant about how i was in danger and needed to be admitted ASAP, the only rational explanation i had was that she was trying to get me admitted for profit. After gross exaggerations and even several blatant lies, i was so furious all i could do was sit silently until it was time to leave. I left and asked my parents to take me to a new evaluation and they did. I was told by a new evaluator that while my use was not ideal, i was not in immediate danger. A year later now, i have drastically reduced my use through my own accord. I am a casual drinker and smoker and suffer no problems from my self controlled use. I look back and think about what could have happened if i had let myself been admitted to rehab for being a normal curious teen. I believe with all my heart Dilworth tried to take advantage of me and my parents to have me admitted for profit. Nothing from life rings in my ears like the statement “your son will be dead within three months if he isn’t put in treatment” being told to my parents as if i am not sitting in the room. This facility may help people with real problems, i don’t want to trash the actual program since i cannot attest to its validity personally. But i do know the people there were desperate to get me in treatment when i was obviously not at risk, and pushed as hard as possible to have me immediately admitted. They were willing to blatantly lie to get me admitted, which makes me question the program as a whole. Tread carefully.

    • There is a reason it’s been around since 1935. It works and if it doesn’t it’s normally because the person isn’t working it. Which we’re addicts and alcoholics and most of us have short term dedication to anything in our worlds. Although, that even makes it more amazing that AA is still so highly recommended.

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