By the 1960s, the disease of addiction had woven itself deep into the fabric of the Charlotte community. In 1969, a Charlotte pediatrician founded a counseling center to support those struggling with substance use disorder. That pediatrician’s name was Dr. Jonnie H. McLeod.
By 1972, the McLeod Center – then called Open House – opened the first methadone-assisted treatment clinic in the Charlotte area. In 2018, over 16,000 unique patients received treatment through McLeod Center’s programs. The life-changing work of the McLeod Center was made possible by the vision of one woman, who believed that individuals struggling with substance use disorder should always be treated with dignity and respect. These remain our organization’s core values today. Patients can expect to be treated without discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, creed, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation or national origin.
You’re not alone in your journey – we’ll meet you where you are
Our Senior Leadership team continues to carry out Dr. McLeod’s mission: To Help People Get Well.