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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.


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
September 19, 2018
I was scared of what was on the other side of the doors. The real world was behind those doors and that terrified me. The time I spent in the safety of the treatment center comforted me because I knew I wouldn’t use eating disorder behaviors. I knew I was safe. But what was it going to be like on my own... in my house? ​
DocumentID: 3414
DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "what to expect"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Leaving-Treatment-It’s-Going-to-Be-OK-Savannah-K
September 19, 2018
If we can find a way to truly connect to the things we care about, it makes the journey toward sobriety and recovery a much more rewarding one. We aren’t simply interrupting behaviors or abstaining from substances. We are freeing ourselves from the constant pursuit to avoid painful emotions and reconnecting to those things we truly care about.
DocumentID: 3413
DocumentTags: alumni, "amber herring", "leah young", "linda lewaniak", "national recovery month", patients, "support groups"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Finding-Recovery-Let-Your-Values-Guide-You
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