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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.


October 18, 2017
The Body Project has been found to reduce the onset of eating disorders and touts very strong effects at reducing body dissatisfaction. The program also is decreasing eating disorder risk factors. The Body Project is a body-acceptance program supported by more research than any other body image program. Here's what faculty, staff and students have to say about their experience:
 
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DocumentTags: "body dysmorphia disorder", "child & adolescent", "eating recovery foundation", families, foundation, professionals, "the body project"
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October 17, 2017
How do you successfully navigate the holidays while in treatment for — or recovery from — binge eating disorder? ERC’s Binge Eating Treatment & Recovery (BETR) Program shares many simple and empowering coping tools and techniques that you can apply each day in recovery.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", families, patients, treatment
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October 16, 2017
In my previous two blog posts, I have explained the basic facts about food addiction and reviewed the scientific research on food addiction. In today’s blog, I explain how to treat food addiction, or as I prefer to call it, treatment of compulsive eating behavior.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "compulsive eating", "dr mara gustafson", "dr ralph carson", "erc chicago il", patients, treatment
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October 10, 2017
October is National Coming Out Month so we are encouraging our trans friends to come out of the closet about their eating disorder this month. But we also encourage everyone else to do their part to make coming out with an eating disorder easier. Zach Rawlings MA, LPC explains.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "lgbt history month", lgbtq, "national coming out day", patients, professionals, "zach rawlings"
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October 07, 2017
We will ALL face significant challenges at some point in our lives, be it divorce, anxiety, depression, violence, anger, substance abuse, a natural disaster or something else. We can recover from our challenges if we choose to do the work and cultivate resilience. Recovery is about learning how to get back up when you fall down. Recovery is continuing to put one foot in front of the other, each and every day. 
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc chicago il", families, "insight behavioral health center", "lara schuster effland", patients, treatment
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October 05, 2017
Think about it: Life would be so much more real and honest if we could just express our vulnerabilities and struggles more openly! But, unfortunately, we don’t. We can begin the journey towards reducing the stigma of mental illness and engaging each other in true connection. For me, it starts with simple steps like these:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "ana agarrat", families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "support groups", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/Mental-Health-How-Honesty-Can-Break-Us-Out-of-Isolation-Ana-Agarrat
October 05, 2017
You are logged onto your social media page when all of a sudden, “ding!” you get a notification that you have been tagged in a photo. You brace yourself. And then, a (what you consider bad) photo of yourself pops up — one you didn’t even know existed. Cringe. Now, here's what you can do:
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "child & adolescent", "jenni schaefer", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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October 02, 2017
For years, I tried to hide within my body. When I was 9 years old, I hid from my parents’ fighting by binge eating in the pantry. The sounds of my chewing drowned out the sounds of their accusations. Of course, I was terrified as they screamed accusations at me. So, I hid. Here's my story about how I was finally found.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", families, "kara richardson whitely", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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September 28, 2017
My efforts to drink moderately were hopeless. Other people could drink and still hold it together, it seemed, so, why couldn’t I? You see, I really didn’t want to stop drinking. The scary truth was becoming clear: continuing to drink after it had caused me so many problems was a sure sign that I needed help.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, prognosis, "robyn cruze", "symptoms & signs", treatment
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September 28, 2017
Many self-identified perfectionists tend to operate in rigid, black-or-white thinking. Reframing rigid thinking can help us plan for flexibility, willingness and openness. This flexibility and willingness can help us move forward towards recovery success.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "ellie herman pike", patients, perfectionism, "recovery ambassador", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/September-2017/Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Why-Flexibility-is-So-Important
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