New eating disorder treatment center filling a gap in care in Central New York

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – A new treatment center for eating disorders is trying to fill a void left by the closing of Centre Syracuse back in May.

The Sol Stone Center, located at 200 Waring Road in Syracuse, opened at the end of August, but has already helped eight people tackle their challenges.

The facility is a partial hospitalization space run by the Upstate New York Eating Disorder Service or UNYEDS based in Elmira. Clients spend days and weekends receiving treatment but are still able to go home at the end of the day and apply their treatment in the real world.

“We really get the opportunity to be individual with each client. We have a fully stocked kitchen, so we’re able to accommodate people who are vegan and vegetarian and work with each individual on their meals,” said Program Director Rebecca Carpentier.

Despite being one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., Sol Stone is now the only treatment center of its kind in Central New York. The only other “local” facilities are located in Elmira and Rochester.

Carpentier says as well as traditional treatment, Sol Center places additional focus on mental health counseling and building a support system among those receiving treatment.

“The connections we get to see them make every day are really beautiful. This is probably the first time they are sitting at a table with someone who is experiencing similar things largely because of the stigma around eating disorders,” said Carpentier.

In addition to offering for those 18 and older, Sol Center is also partnering with Ophelia’s Place and Cafe at 407 to help teens get the treatment they need.

For more information about Sol Center call UNYEDS at (607) 732-5646.

If you think you’re struggling with an eating disorder support options are available through The National Eating Disorder Association or NEDA.

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