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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 27, 2018

The science on obesity has changed dramatically and it’s incumbent that we, the medical and clinical community, catch up. Dr. Julie Friedman, National Senior Director of ERC’s Binge Eating Treatment & Recovery (BETR) Program helps separate dieting fiction from fact.

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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "dr julie friedman", "erc chicago il", professionals
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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.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients, treatment
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September 26, 2018
If you’ve had moments of binge eating after following a “clean” eating diet, you may not be bingeing despite your food rules and nutrition knowledge; you may actually be bingeing because of the strict diet that you’re trying so hard to follow. Here's why.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", causes, "jean curran", orthorexia, patients, "symptoms & signs"
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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? ​
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "what to expect"
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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.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "amber herring", "leah young", "linda lewaniak", "national recovery month", patients, "support groups"
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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.
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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!
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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. 
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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
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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
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