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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.


November 01, 2019
A family-based treatment model is such a necessary component to treatment that we require parents’ (or surrogate others) to participate in our programs. By engaging and supporting families in treatment, we can address family dynamics, communication patterns, stressors within the family and other experiences. 
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr susan mcclanahan", families, "mood & anxiety disorders", professionals
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October 29, 2019
Eating disorders are the number one deadliest mental illness, and they need to be treated as such. The main lesson we learned that holiday season was to put recovery first, and foremost — above all else. This tough, but priceless lesson has made recovery a reality in our lives, and has allowed us to enjoy many happy holidays ever since.
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "sunnie gruwell", treatment, "what to expect"
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October 29, 2019
How do you successfully navigate the holidays while in treatment for — or recovery from — binge eating disorder? ERC’s Binge Eating Treatment & Recovery (BETR) Program shares many simple and empowering coping tools and techniques that you can apply each day in recovery.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", families, patients, treatment
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October 25, 2019
It certainly can be challenging to set boundaries — even those that are flexible and fair. To make matters more difficult, your child may not respond well to boundaries of any kind. If your child responds with anger to boundaries you set, try this:
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DocumentTags: alumni, boundaries, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", families, patients, professionals
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/boundaries-tips-for-parents-of-teens
October 25, 2019
Eating disorders are debilitating. If you have an eating disorder and another co-occurring issue (substance use disorder, anxiety disorder or mood disorder), you not only tend to have more severe symptoms, you can also be more resistant to treatment. But no matter how many diagnoses you have, recovery is always possible.
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DocumentTags: "erc chicago il", families, "linda lewaniak", patients, professionals, "substance use disorder", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/April-2017/mental-illnesses-treatment-multiple-diagnoses
October 16, 2019
Learn more about our Case Management team and their commitment to referring providers.
 
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DocumentTags: families, "laura feilner", professionals
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September 27, 2019
As a parent, you are celebrating another milestone in your child’s life — the start of another school year. As a parent of a child in recovery, you are likely plagued with many worries about how to best prepare for the new academic year. Here are some tips that may help you get through it.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "back to school", "child & adolescent", "dr casey tallent", families, patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/mental-health-school
September 27, 2019
October is National Coming Out Month so we are encouraging our trans friends to come out of the closet about their mental health issues and eating disorders this month. But we also encourage everyone else to do their part to make coming out easier. Zach Rawlings MA, LPC explains.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "lgbt history month", lgbtq, "national coming out day", patients, professionals, "zach rawlings"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2017/transgender-mental-health
August 20, 2019
If a loved one is talking about wanting to die or kill themselves, this should be taken seriously and is a large indicator that it’s time to seek help. Suicide can be a difficult topic to bring up with a friend or family member. We often fear that we will say something upsetting, wrong or inadequate when we know that a loved one is hurting or suffering. Sometimes no action seems like the best course. We wonder - is it better to not say anything at all? 
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, "health risks", "katie bendel", "national suicide prevention week", suicide
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Suicide-When-is-it-OK-to-Talk-About-it-Katie-Bendel
August 20, 2019
My son died by suicide after a two-year battle with anorexia on November 20th, 2015. Thankfully, though, in that first year after losing Justin, there were times where I could start seeing light again. As much as I miss my beautiful little boy, his spirit is always with me. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "child & adolescent", families, "health risks", males, patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2017/How-I-Found-Life-After-Death
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