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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.


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!
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", college, families, "recovery ambassador", school
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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. 
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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
September 07, 2018
If a loved one is talking about wanting to die or kill themselves, this should be taken seriously and is a large indicator that it’s time to seek help. Suicide can be a difficult topic to bring up with a friend or family member. We often fear that we will say something upsetting, wrong or inadequate when we know that a loved one is hurting or suffering. Sometimes no action seems like the best course. We wonder - is it better to not say anything at all? 
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, "health risks", "katie bendel", "national suicide prevention week", suicide
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Suicide-When-is-it-OK-to-Talk-About-it-Katie-Bendel
August 31, 2018
Why do people binge when they feel shame? Because shame feels terrible! Shame is sometimes described as a “punch in the gut” or a heart-wrenching feeling — and bingeing works to temporarily take away these negative feelings. Early childhood memories of feeling shamed about the way your body looks or your relationship to food can trigger ongoing shame in adulthood. This could perhaps also lead to eating disorder behaviors. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", families, "laura lange", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/Why-Binge-Eating-and-Shame-Often-Go-Hand-in-Hand-Laura-Lange
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:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "lauren hill lpc", patients, pregnancy, "recovery ambassador"
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August 24, 2018
It is not easy to admit that the eating disorder has taken full control over your mind and actions, and that you need help finding yourself again. Entering treatment for an eating disorder is one of the most courageous things someone will ever do. If I had the opportunity to talk to that panicked girl who was about to enter eating disorder treatment, this is what I’d tell her about the days, weeks, months, and years ahead:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc denver co", families, patients, "recovery ambassador", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/Eating-Disorders-What-I-Wish-I-Knew-Before-Treatment-Anna-Z
August 17, 2018
Bella was the loving presence at my feet when I ate “fear foods” in my dietitian's office. With her in my lap at a support group, I felt more courageous to raise my hand to share my truth. Bella was the soft coat I cried into when my friend died in her early thirties. Bella was in my arms the night I finally ended an unhealthy relationship. Most recently, Bella was the face I pictured when I went into labor with my son, because nothing calms me like her sweet eyes. Nothing empowers me like her love.
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "national dog day", patients, "shannon kopp"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/How-Emotional-Support-Dogs-Can-Support-Our-Mental-Health-–-Shannon-Kopp
August 17, 2018
I have adolescent patients who feel ashamed when they tell me they are depressed or anxious. I gently ask, “Would you feel ashamed if you had asthma and needed to start an inhaler medicine?” No, they say. OK, I say, then let’s start talking about your mental health and what we can do to help you feel better. Mental illness is just that, an illness. It is not who you are!
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DocumentTags: alumni, "dr linda steiner", families, "mood & anxiety disorders", patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/doctors-with-mental-illness-eating-disorders-Dr-Linda-Steiner
August 16, 2018
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
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/Can-My-Child-Handle-School-in-Recovery-Casey-Tallent
August 01, 2018
Going back to school, moving schools, starting school – it’s all stressful. It’s a messy, exciting, scary, and busy transition, one that can be even more trying for those of us in recovery. Yet, it can also be a time for amazing opportunities and growth. I hope these tips help you manage the back to school struggles. Let this transition be one to push you forward in recovery and in life! 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "rae thomas"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/Back-to-School-Tips-for-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Rae-Thomas
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