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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.


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
April 20, 2018
We rise and set together each day. Sometimes if I’m awake in the early morning hours and worried about something with a quiet cup of coffee, I see you climb over the horizon. Then I know I can too. Even now, as I deal with life without binging, you are there, a reminder to rise each day no matter what comes.
DocumentID: 2434
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Kara
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
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Sunnie
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 12, 2018
Many of my patients have found it useful to identify their own binge triggers or “cues” that can leave them vulnerable to having an urge to binge. Figuring out how and why you binge can help you and your clinical team develop more individualized strategies around food and your feelings in order to safeguard against those urges in the future. Do any of these sound like your typical binge types? 
DocumentID: 2403
DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", "erc chicago il", "jean curran", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/What-Type-of-Binge-Eater-Are-You-Jean-Curran
April 12, 2018
One of my biggest fears in early eating disorder recovery was: Who am I without my eating disorder? I was so enmeshed with my eating disorder for so long that the thought of living without it terrified me. I had thoughts of letting it go from time to time, but fear and worries would always come rushing in. And then I discovered my true identity and self. Here’s how:
DocumentID: 2401
DocumentTags: alumni, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/Face-Your-Fears;-Let-Go-of-the-Eating-Disorder-Identity-–-Kelli-Evans
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.
DocumentID: 2387
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 29, 2018
Songwriting is such a powerful tool because it allows for expression and creativity. Most people think that it is harder than it actually is, but the wonderful thing about songwriting is… there are NO rules! It is your chance to create whatever you want and to write down feelings you may be going through. I encourage you all to individually, or with a peer, try writing a song. Here are some prompts to help you come up with your own songwriting ideas:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/The-Power-of-Song-Writing-in-Therapy-Haleigh-Beaird
March 29, 2018
For anyone who exercises, it’s important to ask ourselves broadly: are there any negative consequences occurring from exercise? A number of patients in treatment for eating disorders have, at some point, struggled with compulsive exercise. It is important for those in treatment to assess their views of exercise and to identify when exercise is getting to be unhealthy or compulsive — and to help prevent getting to the point where physical health consequences occur.
DocumentID: 2378
DocumentTags: "alex colianni", alumni, "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "erc illinois", families, patients, professionals
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/Compulsive-Exercise-or-Overtraining-How-Much-is-Too-Much-Alex-Colianni
March 28, 2018
You do NOT need to be sick for people to see you. You do NOT need to be sick to be loved. You do NOT need to be sick in order to feel noticed or not alone. It is okay to let go of the sickness, because I promise you will STILL be loved by people, you will STILL be seen by others, you will STILL be cared for, just in a different way. And even better, you will learn to SEE and LOVE and CARE for yourself. Which I will tell you, is truly extraordinary.
DocumentID: 2377
DocumentTags: alumni, "erc denver co", patients, testimonials, "treatment results"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/It’s-Okay-to-Be-Okay-–-Madi-M
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