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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.


July 19, 2018
To families or caretakers with loved ones struggling, my hope for you is that you learn how best to support your loved one. Don’t stop fighting for your child even when they resist your efforts. Although the process may appear like an uphill battle, full recovery is possible! 
DocumentID: 2929
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "jennilyn harvey", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment, "treatment results"
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July 19, 2018
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:
DocumentID: 2987
DocumentTags: alumni, boundaries, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", families, patients, professionals
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/July-2018/Boundaries-in-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-An-Act-of-Love-Dr-Angela-Derrick
June 29, 2018
You refused to let the eating disorder, which lived between us for so many years, hide the person I really was. I was fragile as I left the eating disorder treatment center, and you were the Rock of our family as I struggled to walk forward in my recovery journey. I know that I would not be able to enjoy the freedom I have today in recovery if you had not been by my side.
DocumentID: 2435
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "kelli evans", "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Kelli-E
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. 
DocumentID: 2747
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, "eric dorsa", families, lgbtq, males, patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/June-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Eric-s-Story
June 14, 2018
My eating disorder robbed many summer memories from me, but recovery has allowed me to create many more. Recovery is not perfect, and, honestly, every single day is not going to be good, but my days in recovery are definitely brighter and more fulfilling than any day in the eating disorder.
 
DocumentID: 2711
DocumentTags: alumni, patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/June-2018/5-Ways-to-Focus-on-Recovery-in-the-Summer-Months
June 14, 2018
Family therapy isn’t easy, but when a family is committed to doing the work of therapy — and when family members can start to solve problems together in a collaborative and compassionate way — patients are able to move more effectively towards recovery. 
DocumentID: 2710
DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr allison chase", "erc austin tx", families, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/June-2018/What-is-Family-Therapy-for-Eating-Disorder-Treatment-Dr-Allison-Chase
June 08, 2018
This is your first, full, year of school without a relapse and a return to treatment. I know you tell us how incredible it is to be back at your school, in your life, and living without your eating disorder. Your life is yours; you have it, so hold onto it as you enter the world as an incredible young adult in recovery! 
 
DocumentID: 2689
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, "david bachman", families, "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/June-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-David-s-Story
June 08, 2018
You enabled a lasting recovery that I never thought possible. You taught me how to love myself. You taught me acceptance. You made sure I never gave up. I am finally free.
DocumentID: 2688
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, "chris ayres", families, "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/June-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Chris-s-Story
May 30, 2018
Imagine trying to get a giant boulder to roll. That is what early recovery felt like to me. I was overwhelmed by that giant boulder in front of me. I was unsure of how to get it rolling. I finally realized that it would start moving if I would just show up every day — willing to place my hands on the boulder.
DocumentID: 2653
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2018/early-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-A-Tough-Boulder-to-Budge-Kelli-Evans
May 22, 2018
While other therapies teach you how to challenge your thoughts, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) teaches you how to accept your thoughts (whether they are positive, negative, or even painful), face them directly, and then let go of the struggle to make them “go away.” 
 
DocumentID: 2586
DocumentTags: "acceptance and commitment therapy", alumni, "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", "insight behavioral health center", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2018/ACT-Build-a-Life-Worth-Living-–-Dr-Angela-Derrick
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