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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.


October 30, 2017
At 19 years old, I chose to withdraw from college in order to regain control of my thoughts and behaviors. I never would have been able to face my anorexia without the scholarship I received from the Eating Recovery Foundation. This scholarship was what I needed to be able to get the treatment I needed. I was given the extra strength I needed to enter treatment, even after a relapse, and to fight feverishly throughout to be where I am now.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, families, foundation, "lydia rhino", patients, scholarship, treatment
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October 07, 2017
We will ALL face significant challenges at some point in our lives, be it divorce, anxiety, depression, violence, anger, substance abuse, a natural disaster or something else. We can recover from our challenges if we choose to do the work and cultivate resilience. Recovery is about learning how to get back up when you fall down. Recovery is continuing to put one foot in front of the other, each and every day. 
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc chicago il", families, "insight behavioral health center", "lara schuster effland", patients, treatment
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October 05, 2017
Think about it: Life would be so much more real and honest if we could just express our vulnerabilities and struggles more openly! But, unfortunately, we don’t. We can begin the journey towards reducing the stigma of mental illness and engaging each other in true connection. For me, it starts with simple steps like these:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "ana agarrat", families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "support groups", treatment
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August 28, 2017
I recently read a People magazine article featuring Sheryl Sandberg that said: “Grief is a crash course in perspective.” Out of all the “cliché” grief quotes that have been thrown my way, this is the one that resonates the most. Perspective is everything to me now.
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DocumentTags: "jeana cost"
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August 24, 2017
I remember sitting in my goodbye group, listening to these amazing men and women tell me how I was going to be so successful and happy. Yet, there was this panicked voice in the back of my head saying, “You're WRONG! I can’t!”
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DocumentTags: alumni, bulimia, patients, prognosis, testimonials, "treatment results"
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August 23, 2017
Many patients complain about difficulty controlling their eating behaviors at night. They describe feeling small urges to eat during the day and then constant urges to eat between dinner and bedtime. If you are in the habit of binge eating at night, you can reduce this tendency. Dr. Friedman suggests that you integrate these tips into your routine: 
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "dr julie friedman", "erc chicago il", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
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August 11, 2017
Over a recent weekend, I was hit hard by a bout of depression. Depression can be a great (though very difficult) learning experience. I feel grateful for it already because it taught me so much. I now know that I can begin to take better care of myself during this period of change. Here's what I learned:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc cincinnati oh", families, patients
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April 26, 2017
We applaud these celebrities who consistently use their public platform to speak out against body shaming and encourage body positivity. For those who’ve experienced their own struggles with eating disorders, we are grateful that they have honestly and bravely told their story as a way to raise awareness and remove the stigma of mental illnesses.
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "body positivity", bulimia, families, patients, "treatment results"
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April 17, 2017
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
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February 03, 2017
To those of you who think you are too old to get help, please know that the many directions you feel pulled in can be put on pause, you can take a breath, and learn how to live life to the fullest without the eating disorder. You can take care of yourself.
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DocumentTags: #communityconnection, adult, families, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador", treatment
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