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New York State’s First Residential Eating Disorders Treatment Center Opens in Westchester County

One client’s mother agrees: “The family support groups were exceptional, extremely in- formative and helped us understand our loved ones on a much deeper level.” She was also impressed by the Irvington location and staff: “A beautiful setting and the most amazing home; warm, inviting, and comforting, from the smell of the home cooked meals to the sense of love around the house between the clients and staff. This was the place for my daughter. Treated with full respect, she learned to trust again and believe in herself. Monte Nido teaches clients to take responsibility for their life and to grow through treatment. They gave my daughter tools to help her recover and to find who she really is. I will forever believe recovery is pos- sible because they showed me it is.” Monte Nido’s goal for each client is to be- come fully recovered, with absence of symp- toms, resolution of underlying issues, and reconnection to what is truly meaningful in life.

MILLIONS of New Yorkers struggle with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder and/or exercise addiction. These complex, pro- gressive and debilitating illnesses require medi- cal, nutritional and psychological intervention. They attack the health (and hijack the fami- lies) of millions of women and men from every background, age and ethnicity. It’s no wonder that people suffering from eating disorders often need a structured treat- ment environment to achieve recovery. However, until recently, New York had no residential eating disorder programs. In fall 2014, Monte Nido New York opened in Irvington, with an evidence-based, state-of- the-art residential program drawing on two decades of expertise in California and Oregon. The facility includes a tranquil manor house and 11 acres of wooded grounds 17 miles north of Manhattan. “Lack of residential programs left a major void,” according to eating disorders expert Caro- lyn Costin, LMFT, MA, Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, of Monte Nido & affiliates. “It was imperative to fill that gap, providing the Tri- State area with a level of care that significantly contributes to recovery and prevents relapse.” Douglas Bunnell, Ph.D., Executive Direc-

tor of Monte Nido East Coast, says: “Eating disorders require a consistent and well-rounded approach addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of sufferer and fam- ily. Our local, home-like environment helps

clients meet the necessary real life challenges of recov- ery through psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, fit- ness training, mindfulness, grocery shopping, cooking, and eating as a family.” “A powerful component of our success is the inclu- sion of professionals recov- ered from their own eating disorder—which clients report as a key factor in re- covery,” Costin adds. Meanwhile, family and loved ones are critically important and need help too, as Costin addresses in

The Eating Disorder Sourcebook , one of her four books on eating disorders. “Knowing the needs and influence of significant others,” she says, “we welcome and include them in our treat- ment process.”

A long-term outcome study shows Monte Nido’s high success rate continues years after discharge. For more information, visit www.montenido.com or call 888-228-1253. *


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