Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, McLeod Center is an affordable program for adults and adolescents suffering from substance abuse. With more then 40 years of experience, this facility provides a full continuum of care, ranging from detox to residential to outpatient treatment. Over the course of 28 days, clients participate in a range of therapies, as well as being immersed in daily 12-step meetings. Through the recovery-based community and supportive staff, clients gain a solid foundation for sobriety.
Accommodations and Food
McLeod Center took an old hotel and converted it into a treatment space. The 36-bed adult program occupies the fourth floor, with semi-private rooms shared between two clients. The 28-bed adolescent unit has a similar layout, although it is located on a different floor. The rooms are quaint, resembling a bed and breakfast setup—two full-sized beds, dressers and a desk can be found in each. The facility also has a cafeteria, an exercise room, a common room with a TV, a meditation room, therapy rooms, lecture halls, offices and an outdoor patio.
Residents are given three meals a day, served cafeteria-style. Breakfast may be a choice of grits, eggs, biscuits and turkey bacon, while hamburgers, hot dogs, soup or an entree like chicken and broccoli may be served for lunch and dinner, although dinner tends to be more substantial. Residents also have access to a salad bar daily. Caffeine is permitted in the mornings and dietary requests can usually be accommodated. Smoking is permitted in designated areas on the property.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at McLeod Addictive Disease Center is holistic, individualized, evidence-based and 12-step oriented. This facility has a methadone clinic on-site for those needing help detoxing from opioids, but does not offer detox for other substances. Detox typically lasts for two to seven days and is included in the cost.
During treatment, clients meet with their primary counselor at least twice a week, although more sessions can be added. The majority of the client’s time is spent in group therapy, working on relapse prevention, life skills, nutrition, trauma, processing and anger management.
The 12 steps are a major part of recovery in this program. Each day, clients attend an AA/NA meeting; these occur both on- and off-site. While residents are not required to obtain sponsorship during their stay, they are expected to participate in the meetings.
A typical day for the adult residential program begins with an early morning wake-up, followed by meditation, breakfast and a short amount of free time for exercise—specifically yoga on Tuesdays. After that, residents attend group therapy from 9 am to 12 pm and then head to lunch. Time for individual assignments is followed by group therapy at 2:30 pm, a bit of free time for exercise or relaxing and dinner in the early evening. After dinner, residents usually attend an outside 12-step meeting and start winding down for lights-out shortly after. Typical days for the adolescent program are similar, except that they feature less group therapy so clients can attend school.
The adolescent program treats males between the ages of 13 and 17 over a 90-day period. Clients follow the same therapeutic structure as the adult program in addition to attending the on-campus Charlotte-Mecklenburg Country School. Evidence-based methods such as CBT, DBT and the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach are used throughout treatment. In addition, clients participate in daily 12-step meetings to enforce a recovery-based lifestyle.
Staff includes licensed counselors, a medical doctor, physician’s assistants and administrative staff. The rehab is staffed around the clock, and the staff-to-resident ratio is about one- to-three or one-to-four.
McLeod Addictive Disease Center also offers both Intensive Outpatient (IOP), substance abuse comprehensive outpatient treatment and standard outpatient care. IOP involves a minimum of 24 group therapy sessions and also features individual counseling, relapse prevention, 12-step education and family therapy.
The substance abuse comprehensive outpatient treatment program is similar, although much more time-intensive. Clients attend a minimum of four hours of treatment per day at least five days a week—program duration depends on a client’s needs. Treatment includes individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, relapse prevention, crisis contingency planning, disease management, co-occurring disorders and case management.
For physical fitness, clients can visit the on-site gym, which has weights and cardio machines, in the mornings. In addition, a yoga teacher comes on-site once a week to lead a guided class. When the weather permits, clients are taken to a park. Occasionally, there are off-site activities such as bowling and the movies.
After clients leave McLeod Center, but before they graduate, they begin the aftercare phase of the program, which lasts six to eight weeks and includes weekly group sessions as well as referrals to sober living environments as needed. Residents may also be advised to continue individual therapy at this time.
McLeod Center holds a family group therapy session on Saturdays to help family members work on coping skills, codependency and communication. Family visitation is on Sundays.
McLeod Center offers a highly structured, 12-step based approach to recovery. With affordable pricing and intensive support, this program could be an excellent introduction to sobriety.
515 Clanton Rd
Charlotte, NC 28217
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