Our Story

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, McLeod Centers – 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 McLeod Centers 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.




Jonnie McLeods’ Family

Jonnies’ family at the “Grand Opening Open House” 

February 24th, 2023

Dr. Jonnie McLeod

Katherine McLeod

Daughter of Jonnie McLeod



Meet our Senior Leadership team that continues to carry out Dr. McLeod’s mission: To Help People Get Well.


Meet the Team