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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.


November 06, 2018
"I have tried everything imaginable, but I simply don’t have the willpower to stop bingeing.” This is the narrative most people convey when they come to us seeking treatment for binge eating disorder. I’ve heard it so many times: “If only I had self-control, I could stop binge eating.” This is where we have it all wrong: when it comes to binge eating, willpower is a lie. 
DocumentID: 3463
DocumentTags: betr, "betsy callan", "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", patients, treatment
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October 10, 2018
When our hearts start doing funny things, it can feel scary and may even cause panic. We may fear a heart attack or that we have heart problems. More often than not, when heart palpitations or a “racing heart” are caused by stress or anxiety, they are harmless. Should you be concerned when your heart is racing? 
DocumentID: 3425
DocumentTags: "insight behavioral health centers", "lara schuster effland", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "symptoms & signs", "world mental health day"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/My-Heart-is-Racing-Are-Palpitations-a-Sign-of-Stress-and-Anxiety-–-Lara-Schuster-Effland
October 10, 2018
Our minds think countless thoughts per day — but not every thought has meaning. Some thoughts focus on future tasks, some focus on worries or regrets, and some are just strange and random. When strange and random thoughts are upsetting or distressing, we may wonder if these thoughts are signaling our secret desires. 
DocumentID: 3424
DocumentTags: alumni, "dr aimee keith", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "symptoms & signs", "world mental health day"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/Help,-I-Can’t-Turn-Off-My-Thoughts-Dealing-with-Distress
September 26, 2018
Songs can help those in recovery get through their day. Whatever you are going through in life, you can feel the power of songs. I challenge you to dig through the lyrics of one of your favorite songs that you have had on repeat and ask what it is the artist is singing about or why you love that song. Write down what comes to you in the moment.
DocumentID: 3419
DocumentTags: alumni, "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/How-Your-Favorite-Song-Lyrics-Can-Support-Your-Recovery-–-Haleigh-Beaird
September 19, 2018
I was scared of what was on the other side of the doors. The real world was behind those doors and that terrified me. The time I spent in the safety of the treatment center comforted me because I knew I wouldn’t use eating disorder behaviors. I knew I was safe. But what was it going to be like on my own... in my house? ​
DocumentID: 3414
DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "what to expect"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Leaving-Treatment-It’s-Going-to-Be-OK-Savannah-K
September 19, 2018
If we can find a way to truly connect to the things we care about, it makes the journey toward sobriety and recovery a much more rewarding one. We aren’t simply interrupting behaviors or abstaining from substances. We are freeing ourselves from the constant pursuit to avoid painful emotions and reconnecting to those things we truly care about.
DocumentID: 3413
DocumentTags: alumni, "amber herring", "leah young", "linda lewaniak", "national recovery month", patients, "support groups"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Finding-Recovery-Let-Your-Values-Guide-You
September 13, 2018
To the older women struggling: Remember that you are not alone, you deserve a fulfilling life, and if you are willing, you have help on this journey. I will say that recovery has not been an easy journey. I have had my ups and downs, but it has been so worth it! I am an older woman, now 52, living with contentment, peace and joy. Shame and fear no longer call the shots in my life.
DocumentID: 3412
DocumentTags: alumni, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/To-the-Older-Woman-with-an-Eating-Disorder-Kelli-Evans
September 13, 2018
College can be stressful with all of the demands of classes, assignments, exams, etc, but that is all the more reason to focus on your mental health and learn how to handle difficult situations with a bit more ease. Remember, recovery must be the number one priority, because with recovery you are capable of more than you can imagine!
DocumentID: 3411
DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", college, families, "recovery ambassador", school
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/To-My-Recovery-Warriors-Who-Aren’t-Returning-to-School-Anna-Z
September 07, 2018
The idea of attending group meetings in recovery can sometimes seem like a daunting task. BUT community support is such an important piece to incorporate in our recovery journey. We’d like to help by sharing a little information about what can be found today in the way of community support. 
DocumentID: 3409
DocumentTags: alumni, "amber herring", "leah young", "linda lewaniak", "national recovery month", patients, "support groups"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Find-Your-Community-Why-Meetings-are-Integral-to-Recovery
August 27, 2018
Dealing with body image during pregnancy and during the postpartum period is difficult for any woman. But when you are in recovery from an eating disorder, adjusting to and dealing with all the physical changes during and after pregnancy can be completely overwhelming. If you are pregnant, are a new mother, or plan to become pregnant in the future, here are a few ideas to consider and ways to navigate the pregnancy/postpartum body image challenges:
DocumentID: 3390
DocumentTags: alumni, "lauren hill lpc", patients, pregnancy, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/body-changes-body-image-pregnancy-postpartum-eating-disorder-recovery
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