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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.


May 04, 2018
The #MyRecoveryLetter campaign shares letters of gratitude, reflection and praise, reminding us all that recovery is possible.
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "my recovery letter", patients
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May 02, 2018
Recovery relies on learning. In order to recover from an eating disorder, we must learn new ways to think, learn new skills and learn new things about ourselves. To integrate this learning, we must be in a state of relative calm. We must also be in good physical health, feel safe and emotionally supported and be able to integrate new skills.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "enola gorham", families, patients, professionals, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2018/three-things-we-need-in-eating-disorder-recovery
April 27, 2018
I consider it an honor to watch you help your patients step into their journey to recovery. What an immense privilege it is to come to work and know each day that a miracle is taking place right in front of my eyes. Thank you for believing in healing and recovery.
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "my recovery letter", patients
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April 27, 2018
Thank you for helping me find my way with understanding that food was not my enemy. Thank you for helping me in the process of treatment. Thank you for helping me be strong enough to leave treatment. Thank you for all the hard work and amazing guidance. I appreciate everything. 
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Savannah-K
April 25, 2018
When I finally committed to my treatment plan — I found recovery— without using alcohol to numb everything (alcohol makes for blurriness). I could fully focus on getting to know myself and what I really wanted in life. I began to deal with all those feelings that I was hiding from — feelings that kept me spinning in the painful cycle of mental illness.
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "binge eating disorder", bulimia, families, patients, "robyn cruze"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/recovery-eating-disorder-alcohol-substance-abuse-robyn-cruze
April 20, 2018
Dear Daughter, You are a light to all you meet and a beacon of hope and happiness in this world. Thank you for being you. Because being you is more than enough.
  
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "my recovery letter", patients
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April 19, 2018
“I’m not eating dinner because I don’t want to get fat,” my 7-year old daughter said, sucking in her stomach. I was really sad when I heard these words, but, the more I thought about it, I don’t know if I was really that surprised. While we can't prevent all eating disorders and mental health issues in our kids, we can be mindful of what we say and do. ERC experts weigh in.
 
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/Imagine-Reducing-the-Risk-of-Eating-Disorders-in-Kids
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 21, 2018
Recovery wouldn’t have been recovery without tears, breakdowns, anxiety or depression. But, recovery was so worth it. Recovery gave me something my eating disorder could never give me: true happiness. The idea of “not being sick enough” to have an eating disorder or of not being worthy of recovery could not be more ludicrous. Everyone is worthy of recovery and there are no requirements to pursue recovery.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "alyssa gutierrez", "child & adolescent", families, patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/Finding-Myself-Beyond-the-Northern-Lights
-Alyssa-Gutierrez
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February 26, 2018
Getting Real as a parent of a son with anorexia nervosa began with my accepting that eating disorders were real for males, too. Reflecting back on the first year of my son’s illness, I see an infinite number of missteps. I’d like to share a few of them here in the hopes that perhaps other parents can learn from our mistakes.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", "david bachman", events, families, males, "national eating disorder awareness week"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-About-Parenting-a-Child-with-an-Eating-Disorder-–-David-Bachman
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