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The Eating Recovery Center Blog features frequent updates concerning Eating Recovery Center (ERC), our eating disorder treatment methods and programs, and upcoming meetings and events to help provide patients, families, professionals, and alumni alike with the information they need to understand their condition and enter on a path to long-lasting recovery.


June 14, 2018
My eating disorder robbed many summer memories from me, but recovery has allowed me to create many more. Recovery is not perfect, and, honestly, every single day is not going to be good, but my days in recovery are definitely brighter and more fulfilling than any day in the eating disorder.
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/June-2018/5-Ways-to-Focus-on-Recovery-in-the-Summer-Months
June 12, 2018
I used to dream about killing myself at night. I would think about it all day and pray that I would fall into a deep slumber to escape my own brain, only to find those thoughts haunting me in my dreams. I would be hospitalized for this multiple times over a span of several years, and yet I still wasn’t sure if people believed me. I wasn’t sure if I believed myself.
DocumentID: 2709
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", "nicole griswold", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/June-2018/having-the-courage-to-talk-about-suicide-Nicole-Griswold
May 14, 2018
As our group made our way to our seats, we just kept getting closer and closer to the stage. I couldn’t believe that this night was really happening, let alone that we were going to MEET Vance Joy in just a few short hours….
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc dallas tx", "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2018/How-Music-Therapy-Led-Me-to-Meet-Vance-Joy-Haleigh-Beaird
May 11, 2018
Being triggered can often feel like this: you are simply going about your life, minding your own business, and then BAM! Trigger! Being triggered is an unavoidable part of life, but triggers can be managed and even used to strengthen your recovery.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "eating disorder triggers", "nica stepien", patients, triggers
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2018/how-to-deal-with-eating-disorder-triggers-Nica-Stepien
April 20, 2018
We rise and set together each day. Sometimes if I’m awake in the early morning hours and worried about something with a quiet cup of coffee, I see you climb over the horizon. Then I know I can too. Even now, as I deal with life without binging, you are there, a reminder to rise each day no matter what comes.
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Kara
April 12, 2018
Many of my patients have found it useful to identify their own binge triggers or “cues” that can leave them vulnerable to having an urge to binge. Figuring out how and why you binge can help you and your clinical team develop more individualized strategies around food and your feelings in order to safeguard against those urges in the future. Do any of these sound like your typical binge types? 
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", "erc chicago il", "jean curran", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/What-Type-of-Binge-Eater-Are-You-Jean-Curran
April 06, 2018
In the aftermath of the latest school shootings, the safety of our children and the safety of the school environment is on everyone’s mind. If your teen seems to be impacted by a trauma, there are a number of things that you, as a parent, can do to promote a sense of safety, stability, calm, control, and support. Traumatic events are devastating, and more than half of all people will live through a trauma in their lifetime. Thankfully, help is available and there are steps we can take to support our children and ourselves.
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "insight bhc", "post traumatic stress disorder", ptsd
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/How-to-Talk-to-Your-Teen-About-Traumatic-Events-Dr-Angela-Derrick
March 29, 2018
Songwriting is such a powerful tool because it allows for expression and creativity. Most people think that it is harder than it actually is, but the wonderful thing about songwriting is… there are NO rules! It is your chance to create whatever you want and to write down feelings you may be going through. I encourage you all to individually, or with a peer, try writing a song. Here are some prompts to help you come up with your own songwriting ideas:
DocumentID: 2379
DocumentTags: alumni, "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/The-Power-of-Song-Writing-in-Therapy-Haleigh-Beaird
March 21, 2018
Dietitian Jean Curran shares six strategies to help you overcome binge eating and compulsive eating habits. Recovery is a process, and while you can rest assured it won’t be perfect, there is always progress to celebrate. Remember: recovery is possible!
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", "jean curran", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/6-Ways-to-Go-Further-in-Binge-Eating-Recovery-–-Jean-Curran
March 15, 2018
Most of us start out with a strong, intuitive sense of our bodies' physiological needs; our bodies give us signals of hunger and fullness, and we start or stop eating accordingly. For many of us, though, the hungry/full signal-response pattern is more complicated. And, if we have a history of disordered eating behaviors, like restricting our food or binge eating, our ability to detect and respond to our body’s cues can really suffer.
DocumentID: 2310
DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "dr ashley solomon", "erc cincinnati oh", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/I-Can’t-Tell-When-I’m-Full”-–-Dr-Ashley-Solomon
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