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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 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 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
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
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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
August 20, 2019
At Eating Recovery Center, involving families is a priority, using the tenets of Maudsley Family Based Treatment and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. If family therapy is not taking place in treatment, are patients — and their families — missing out on the benefits?
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr allison chase", EFFT, "emotion focused family therapy", families, patients, professionals
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2019/dr-allison-chase-emotion-focused-family-therapy-for-professionals
May 31, 2019
Loving someone with an eating disorder can be hard, hard work. Know that your support can help your friend or family member, even if it may not seem that way. If you find yourself unsure of how to approach your loved one about their illness or if you can’t get through a conversation with your loved one, here are some helpful tips and resources to help you:
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, "katie bendel", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2019/They-Don’t-Want-Treatment-and-I-Want-to-Give-Up-Ka
January 25, 2019
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with a few parents of kids who are struggling with eating disorders; there was a common thread in our discussion: treatment resistance. These parents were dealing with family members who were digging in their heels and putting up a fight about getting help. Your child may fight you now, but hopefully one day they will thank you for doing the hard things, setting firm boundaries, and drawing the lines that saved them and set them free.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", families, "recovery ambassador", "sunnie gruwell", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/January-2019/Treatment-Resistance-Helping-a-Child-with-an-Eating-Disorder-–-Sunnie-Gruwell
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. 
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, "child & adolescent", families, "my recovery letter"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/December-2018/Child-in-Eating-Disorder-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.
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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
June 19, 2018
Dear Boy in the Closet, I want to first begin by saying that I love you and that today I am so grateful. You are the part of my life I cannot imagine living without. Thank you for never giving up on me and for patiently waiting for me to open the door so we could play once again. 
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, "eric dorsa", families, lgbtq, males, patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/June-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Eric-s-Story
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