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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 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
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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.
DocumentID: 2440
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "binge eating disorder", bulimia, families, patients, "robyn cruze"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/April-2018/recovery-eating-disorder-alcohol-substance-abuse-robyn-cruze
February 26, 2018
Before the 1970s and 1980s, little was known about eating disorders. Eating disorders were present, of course, but they were not identified as such or treated appropriately. Eating Recovery Center’s Dr. Emmett Bishop shares a brief history of how far the field of eating disorder treatment has come, how therapy for eating disorders has evolved — and where the field is going:
 
DocumentID: 2299
DocumentTags: anorexia, bulimia, "dr emmett bishop", events, "national eating disorder awareness week", results, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-About-Effective-Eating-Disorder-Treatment-Eating-Recovery-Center’s-Dr-Emmett-Bishop
February 24, 2018
Today’s blog shares history. Since the 1980s, major advances have been made in the field. Now, people recover from eating disorders every day. As we reflect on the history of eating disorder diagnosis and treatment, it’s important to remember just how far the field of eating disorders has come.
DocumentID: 2294
DocumentTags: anorexia, "binge eating disorder", bulimia, events, "national eating disorder awareness week"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-About-the-History-of-Eating-Disorders
August 30, 2017
When we say that a person is addicted, we mean that this person will always have to abstain from the trigger foods enjoyed in the past. We are saying that there is no hope to reintroduce these foods back into one’s diet. We are saying that this person cannot have a healthy relationship with food. I reframe it to patients like this: you are not addicted to food; you are a compulsive eater, treatment is available and there is hope. 
 
DocumentID: 2150
DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "dr ralph carson", families, patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2017/Food-Addiction-What-is-it-–-Ralph-Carson
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!”
DocumentID: 2147
DocumentTags: alumni, bulimia, patients, prognosis, testimonials, "treatment results"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2017/You-Can-Do-This!-A-Story-About-Recovery
July 07, 2017
A mother of a child in eating disorder recovery pens a letter to his eating disorder. Find out what she says in this frank, brutally honest blog post.
 
DocumentID: 2110
DocumentTags: alumni, "child & adolescent", families, males, patients, "treatment results"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2017/A-Letter-to-My-Child’s-Eating-Disorder
June 09, 2017
While Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has been open out her struggles with food addiction, she recently confessed that she was bulimic so she could be as “beautiful and thin” as Princess Diana. During an interview on the Unlock Your Health podcast she said, “To wish you could have a mental illness to that level is a very serious place to get to.”
 
DocumentID: 2041
DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", bulimia, patients, "sarah ferguson"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/June-2017/Sarah-Ferguson-Wished-She-Had-Bulimia-to-Look-as-‘Beautiful-and-Thin’-as-Princess-Diana
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.
DocumentID: 1989
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "body positivity", bulimia, families, patients, "treatment results"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/April-2017/23-Celebrities-Speak-Out-About-Eating-Disorders-and-Body-Positivity
July 14, 2016

Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, CEDS, Senior Clinical Director of Adult Residential and Partial Hospital Services, was recently featured in an article on SELF.com discussing the difficulties of bulimia recovery.

DocumentID: 831
DocumentTags: #therapythursday, anorexia, "bonnie brennan", bulimia, families, patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/2016/This-Is-The-Truth-About-Recovering-From-Bulimia
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