Helping People Get Well Since 1969

In 1969, Jonnie H. McLeod, MD, a Charlotte pediatrician, founded a counseling center where people could go for help. From that beginning, the McLeod Center has grown to be the largest provider of comprehensive alcohol and drug treatment services in North Carolina. From initial assessment to supportive aftercare, McLeod Center is capable of responding to a full array of patient needs. Treatment for people with alcohol and drug problems is the total focus at McLeod Center.

Our Mission: To help people get well

Medication Assisted Treatment

General Information

McLeod Center has been providing methadone treatment for more than 40 years and has acquired enormous experience in helping opiate dependent people. This experience allows McLeod Center to provide a quality treatment experience aimed at helping individuals maintain a drug free lifestyle and reunite with family and friends.

Services Provided

  • Physical exam upon admission
  • Opioid stabilization
  • Outpatient counseling services
  • Individual counseling
  • Individual treatment planning
  • Group counseling
  • Family/significant other counseling
  • Substance abuse education
  • Aftercare services
  • Drug screens
  • Referral services
  • HIV education & testing
  • Connection to 12-Step groups (AA/NA)
  • Consultation with physician regarding medical issues


Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

McLeod Center’s Criminal Justice Department offers a wide variety of services including Drug Education School, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention, DWI assessments and 20/40/90 Hour Services, and Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities.

DWI Services

Have you recently been charged or convicted of a DWI in North Carolina? The first step in the license restoration process is to obtain a DWI assessment by an agency fully licensed in North Carolina as a DWI service provider. The assessment helps to determine what level of substance use education or treatment you will be required to complete to restore your driving privileges. The assessment which is typically about 1 ½ hours includes a review of the individual’s substance use history, a clinical interview, review of driving record, and completion of a structured assessment questionnaire.


In the state of North Carolina, everyone that is charged with a DWI is required to have a recommendation of either education or Substance Use Treatment.


Please click the links below for more information

DWI Assessments 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Residential Services

People need special care! Sometimes a person simply cannot be treated while living at home. For those people, unique facilities are needed. Those special needs of people are met at the McLeod Adult Residential Treatment Center. There, people are able to become focused on totally getting well. Physical, Spiritual and emotional needs are met. People learn new ways to live alcohol and drug free. The McLeod Residential Treatment Center presents a superior facility and program for helping people get well.

Residential Treatment: Length of stay is generally 28 days, but can be tailored to satisfy individual client needs that incorporate education on the disease of addiction with individual, group and family counseling. Residential Treatment may be followed by SAIOP, Aftercare, or referral to an outside agency for long-term sober living environment. The cost of the program may be covered by Area funding, self-pay, and some Insurance companies. We are licensed for 36 bed capacity; currently we manage 24 for capacity.


Outpatient Services

McLeod Center offers various Outpatient Services for Adults and Families. The outpatient services are available in the mornings and evenings to better accommodate our client’s schedules and the duration of the courses ranges from 6-12 weeks.

Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP): A 90 day or 8-12 week program for adults that combines educational group lectures with intensive group sessions. We offer group sessions in the morning and evening 3 times per week for 3 hours. The cost of the program may be covered by Medicaid, Area funding, and some Insurance companies. Group days and times are:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Morning Groups: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Evening Groups:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm