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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 25, 2019
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with a few parents of kids who are struggling with eating disorders; there was a common thread in our discussion: treatment resistance. These parents were dealing with family members who were digging in their heels and putting up a fight about getting help. Your child may fight you now, but hopefully one day they will thank you for doing the hard things, setting firm boundaries, and drawing the lines that saved them and set them free.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", families, "recovery ambassador", "sunnie gruwell", treatment
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November 25, 2019
Eating disorders are debilitating. If you have an eating disorder and another co-occurring issue (substance use disorder, anxiety disorder or mood disorder), you not only tend to have more severe symptoms, you can also be more resistant to treatment. But no matter how many diagnoses you have, recovery is always possible.
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DocumentTags: "erc chicago il", families, "linda lewaniak", patients, professionals, "substance use disorder", treatment
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November 25, 2019
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:
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DocumentTags: alumni, boundaries, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", families, patients, professionals
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November 25, 2019
Stress eating is simply this: responding to stress by eating. Why does this happen? People stress eat because it works. Cortisol, a hormone produced when stress is released, actually decreases after we eat high-fat, sugary or salty foods. When you reach for a bag of chips or home-baked cookies after a stressful event, it makes sense that you would continue to do so again and again — because it is actually helping you relax!
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", causes, "compulsive overeating", "erc chicago il", "laura lange", patients, treatment
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November 25, 2019
You can change unhealthy patterns of behavior that lead to depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Get on the path of recovery today with Eating Recovery Center. 
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DocumentTags: #therapythursday, "erc chicago il", "lara schuster effland", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "signs & symptoms", treatment
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November 22, 2019
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DocumentTags: Brave, Hall, It, Lindsey, Recovery, Say
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November 20, 2019
Let’s face it: Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb are so much more than a number: they are mothers, smart (with a gift for gab), and beautiful. I thought we’d come such a long way in the body positivity movement, but if a big network still isn’t on board, we have a lot more work to do. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, patients
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November 19, 2019
Watching my wife struggle with her eating disorder was devastating. When she made the decision to enter residential treatment thousands of miles from our home, I felt helpless but hopeful. Here are 10 things that I found to be most helpful during her stay in treatment:
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DocumentTags: adults, families, treatment
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November 19, 2019
We welcome you to our newly relocated and expanded Child and Adolescent Program. We are so proud of this new treatment center on the Saint Joseph Hospital campus, which housed ERC’s first treatment program. This new space supports the delivery of truly excellent patient care for children, teens and families with complex behavioral health concerns.
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr elizabeth easton", "erc denver co", families, professionals
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November 19, 2019
The ERC/Insight family of programs acknowledge the importance of family involvement in treatment for eating, mood and anxiety disorders. Allison K. Chase, PhD, CEDS outlines the role of families in fostering sustainable recovery.
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DocumentTags: "child and adolescent", "dr allison chase", "erc austin tx", families, "insight behavioral health centers", professionals
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