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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.


January 16, 2019
I used to believe that I was not enough… not enough for my parents…. not enough for anyone… most of all — not enough for God. This was the basis of my fear and shame for so long. I used my eating disorder and drinking to calm my fears and cover my shame, but all they did was end up dragging me to the bottom of a pit where I could not climb out without help. With guidance from others and divine intervention, I finally embrace the fact that I am “enough” just as I am. 
DocumentID: 3637
DocumentTags: alumni, "erc denver co", families, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/January-2019/How-I-Finally-Embraced-That-I-Am-Enough-—-Just-as-I-Am-–-Kelli-Evans
December 18, 2018
Men can fall victim to eating disorders, too, and there is nothing to be ashamed of. You can get better. This doesn’t have to be your life. I am your neighbor — just one person who will lend you a hand and help you march out of the fire. And I know there will be many others. You just have to let us in.
 
DocumentID: 3544
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, "my recovery letter", "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/December-2018/To-My-Neighbor-You-Don-t-Have-to-Suffer-from-Your-Eating-Disorder-Anymore
December 05, 2018
So many years in the making — years of hovering from a distance, allowing you the space to find your way. Silently rejoicing as I saw you re-emerge from your illness. Each year getting better than the one before. And now, to hear you say the words you knew I needed to hear. I will carry it with me always. 
DocumentID: 3524
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, "child & adolescent", families, "my recovery letter"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/December-2018/Child-in-Eating-Disorder-Recovery
November 19, 2018
Those that go on to live lives worth living have done it on their own terms — not terms dictated by society or others about what they should look like and how their lives should be. 
DocumentID: 3461
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, "dr ovidio bermudez", families, "my recovery letter", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2018/To-All-Who-Have-Struggled-With-an-Eating-Disorder-Dr-Ovidio-Bermudez
November 13, 2018
I believe that, for those suffering from eating disorders, gratitude can be easily overshadowed by the many daily battles the eating disorder brings — distancing individuals from feeling grateful for those they love and for experiences in life that truly matter. Gratitude helped me find my joy again — in more profound ways than I had experienced even before the eating disorder took hold of me.
DocumentID: 3462
DocumentTags: alumni, patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2018/The-Power-of-Gratitude-in-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Jennilyn
Tags: alumni  patients  
November 06, 2018
"I have tried everything imaginable, but I simply don’t have the willpower to stop bingeing.” This is the narrative most people convey when they come to us seeking treatment for binge eating disorder. I’ve heard it so many times: “If only I had self-control, I could stop binge eating.” This is where we have it all wrong: when it comes to binge eating, willpower is a lie. 
DocumentID: 3463
DocumentTags: betr, "betsy callan", "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2018/Binge-Eating-and-The-Myth-of-Willpower-Self-Control-Betsy-Callan
October 10, 2018
If a friend or family member discloses thoughts of suicide to you, we want you to know that you are not alone, and neither is the person you love. Many resources can assist you both in getting the help you need.
 
DocumentID: 3426
DocumentTags: alumni, "eden newmark", families, "insight behavioral health centers", patients, suicide, "world mental health day"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/What-to-Do-When-Someone-You-Love-is-Suicidal-Eden-Newmark
October 03, 2018
Loved ones should remember that they can help identify and contain a relapse. Loved ones, as well as the individual themselves, can: 1) Be prepared, 2) Plan ahead with a comprehensive relapse prevention plan, and 3) Identify action steps and self-compassionate self-talk in advance. Recovery is possible.
DocumentID: 3423
DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, relapse, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/Eating-Disorder-Relapse-is-Common;-How-to-Help-Your-Loved-One-Through-it-Dr-Angela-Derrick
September 26, 2018
Songs can help those in recovery get through their day. Whatever you are going through in life, you can feel the power of songs. I challenge you to dig through the lyrics of one of your favorite songs that you have had on repeat and ask what it is the artist is singing about or why you love that song. Write down what comes to you in the moment.
DocumentID: 3419
DocumentTags: alumni, "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/How-Your-Favorite-Song-Lyrics-Can-Support-Your-Recovery-–-Haleigh-Beaird
September 26, 2018
If you’ve had moments of binge eating after following a “clean” eating diet, you may not be bingeing despite your food rules and nutrition knowledge; you may actually be bingeing because of the strict diet that you’re trying so hard to follow. Here's why.
DocumentID: 3417
DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", causes, "jean curran", orthorexia, patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Orthorexia-Can-Healthy”-Eating-Lead-to-Binge-Eating-–-Jean-Curran
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