Eating Recovery Center Chicago Oak Brook
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ERC Oak Brook is a safe and calm location in a family-friendly neighborhood offering Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient treatment for adults, adolescents, and children suffering from eating disorders, and adults specifically with Binge Eating Disorder.
Informed, inclusive, and with the expertise to treat all conditions, no matter how complex, we offer a compassionate environment to light the path for patients towards interrupting maladaptive thoughts and behaviors to live a better and more fruitful life.
Highly Effective Eating Disorder Treatment Near Chicago, IL
Accredited by the Joint Commission, Eating Recovery Center Chicago – Oak Brook (ERC Oak Brook) provides eating disorder treatment for adults, adolescents and children of all genders. Located in a family-friendly neighborhood, the calm and compassionate environment at ERC Oak Brook is here to light your path to recovery.
Oak Brook is one of several ERC locations in the Chicago area. It is also one of the few ERC locations specializing in substance use as a co-occurring mental health disorder.
- Trusted by over 20,000 patients and their families
- 87% of former patients agreed that their experience at ERC was helpful
- 91% of parents of former patients would recommend ERC to others in need of services
- Specialized treatment designed by a team of experienced clinicians
Find Recovery with Evidence-Based Therapies
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Family-Based Treatment-informed care (FBT – for children and adolescents)
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Lighting Your Way to Recover from Eating Disorders
Take home a toolbox filled with new coping skills
Learn how to interrupt eating disorder thoughts and behaviors to create a life based on your values.
Explore new approaches to healing
Experience self-growth with individual, group and family therapy, nutritional counseling, education and more.
Be your authentic self — without judgement
Find acceptance in supportive spaces that respect diversity and cultural differences.
Work with National Experts in the Field of Eating Disorders
The tenured clinical team at ERC Oak Brook brings both experience and expertise to eating disorder treatment. Many of the ERC clinical leaders have been actively involved in research into effective, evidence-based eating disorders treatment.
“The level of commitment I see at ERC — from our psychiatrists to dietary assistants — is outstanding. We ensure that each patient’s needs are met, and that care is individualized. The team goes above and beyond to meet each patient where they are at.”
Who We Treat
Children & Adolescents
We can help guide you and your child on a path to long-lasting change and healing.
We provide eating disorder treatment and mood and anxiety disorder treatment for all genders ages 18 and older.
Conditions We Treat
An eating disorder is a treatable mental illness that includes a number of different symptoms, including extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain and a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight.
You can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them. See how atypical anorexia affects people in a variety of body shapes and sizes.
ARFID is a lesser known eating disorder that frequently begins as early as infancy or childhood, but adults can also suffer.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is characterized by frequent overeating – at least once a week for three months – combined with a lack of control, intense feelings of distress and several other characteristic behaviors.
Bulimia is characterized by patterns of bingeing and purging.
Compulsive overeating can involve binge eating and weight gain, but it can also involve other behaviors.
The term diabulimia is used to describe the diagnosis of an eating disorder in an individual with type 1 diabetes. These patients intentionally misuse insulin for weight control.
Some eating disorders do not meet all of the diagnostic criteria for specific diagnoses like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
Levels of Care Offered
Our Inpatient programming is designed to support adults, children and adolescents of all genders who are acutely ill and are experiencing medical and mood instability as a result of their eating disorder.
Within ERC Pathlight's step-down model of care, the Residential eating disorder treatment program as well as the Residential mood & anxiety treatment program offer medically stable patients a highly-structured and supportive 24-hour treatment environment.
Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers some of the same intensity and structure of Residential mood, anxiety, and eating disorder treatment while providing additional opportunities to practice recovery outside of the controlled eating disorder treatment environment during evenings at home or in peer-supported apartment communities.
On-Site Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Our Intensive Outpatient program is a flexible mood, anxiety, and eating disorder treatment program that allows patients to work, go to school, or care for children during the day and sleep at home at night.
Virtual Intensive Outpatient - Eating Recovery At Home
ERC is removing the barriers that can keep patients with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders from receiving treatment. Through telebehavioral health programming, Eating Recovery At Home (our virtual Intensive Outpatient Program) offers the same proven care as our in-person treatment centers.
PHP: Eating Disorder Day Treatment — Backed by Research
Research shows that eating disorder patients in 5-day (weekday-only) programming struggle with eating disorder behaviors over the weekend. Since eating disorders don’t take the weekend off, we don’t either. We provide programming 7 days a week for individuals in our partial hospitalization program, because it offers you and your loved ones the best chance of recovery. Program offerings include:
- A highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team
- Alumni support
- Travel assistance
- Family programming and education rooted in EFFT and FBT
- Educational specialists / dedicated school resource room
Our Nutrition Approach
No matter what your symptoms are, you deserve to make peace with food and your body. In treatment, we provide supportive, structured meal planning that focuses on balance, variety and flexibility.
- Meal outings are incorporated into treatment regularly
- Patients may go on one-on-one meal outings with a clinician or with a group
- Food exposures are often carried out at the Oak Brook Mall, with multiple dining options
Traveling for Care? We Can Help
While many patients live within 30 miles of our center, some of our patients travel from further away. If you need assistance with travel planning, we can help make your journey easier and less stressful. Please contact us to learn more about our travel concierge services. We provide help with:
- Car rentals
- Flight reservations, and more
Expert Care for Children & Adolescents with Eating Disorders
Robust Family Programming
Providing care for patients age 12 and up, our compassionate team is here to support you every step of the way and will teach you the recovery skills you need to know. Register now to take part in our:
Support for Students
Eating disorder treatment does not have to impact a young person’s education. With an educational specialist on site, we provide daily education support for all of our child and adolescent patients. Our team works closely with schools to coordinate assignments and can even provide support for students who need help with tutoring or 504 plans.
How to Get Started
Thousands of people have found healing in our programs and so can you. With one phone call, you can take a giant step forward towards recovery. Let us know if you have any questions. Our compassionate admissions team is here to walk you through the entire admissions process with care and support.
No referral is ever needed for you to access the treatment you need and deserve.
How to Pay for Treatment
ERC is one of the most well-established providers of eating disorder treatment in the U.S. Providing the full spectrum of eating disorder care, our insurance and finance team is here to advocate on your behalf to help you get insurance coverage for treatment. Give us a call and we can help you understand the insurance and payment process.
Covered by Most Commercial Insurance Plans
Our patient access team is here to advocate for you. We can help you address financial challenges and work with you to get you the maximum coverage offered by your plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is ERC Oak Brook located?
ERC Oak Brook is located in Oak Brook, IL near the Oak Brook Mall and can be easily accessed from I-88 and I-294. Many of our patients come from the Chicago area and nearby towns. We are 15 minutes south of the Chicago O’Hare International Airport and about 45 minutes from Downtown Chicago.
What type of eating disorder support do you offer once treatment ends?
Healing doesn’t end when you leave our program. When you discharge from treatment at ERC Oak Brook, we encourage you to stay connected with us. Our community outreach team will be calling and emailing you at regular intervals, to ensure you have a “plan of action” to maintain recovery progress. We can also help you set up appointments with your outpatient team.
What support is offered for caregivers, family members and friends?
Eating disorders impact individuals and entire families. We strongly encourage caregivers, family members and friends to be involved in their loved one’s care. At ERC Oak Brook, you’ll find numerous ways to be involved during treatment and beyond, including:
Expert Care for Eating Disorders in Chicago, IL
Meet the leadership team at Eating Recovery Center Oak Brook.
Kim Effertz Link
Kim EffertzRegional Vice PresidentKim Effertz joined Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center in September 2021 as an Operating Vice President ...READ MORE
Lara Kenik Link
Lara KenikRegional Nursing DirectorLara Kenik joined Eating Recovery Center/Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center (ERCPL) in August 2016 as a full-time overnight nurse ...READ MORE
Delia Aldridge Link
Delia AldridgeMedical DirectorDr. Delia Aldridge is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with 20 years of experience in treating adults and adolescents with eating ...READ MORE
Kelsey Estry Link
Kelsey EstryRegional Nutrition DirectorKelsey Estry, MS, RD, LDN, is a graduate of Michigan State University. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Loyola ...READ MORE
Steven F. Crawford Link
Steven F. CrawfordRegional Medical DirectorDr. Steven Crawford is the Medical Director at Eating Recovery Center and Assistant Chief of Psychiatry at University of ...READ MORE
Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher Link
Ellen Astrachan-FletcherRegional Clinical DirectorEllen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, FAED, CEDS-S, is the Regional Clinical Director, Midwest for Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight ...READ MORE
Zach Marselle Link
Zach MarselleDirector of Operational ExcellenceZach joined ERC and Pathlight in 2020, bringing a combined 15 years of experience between healthcare administration and public ...READ MORE
Heather VanHooser Link
Heather VanHooserChief Nursing OfficerHeather joined ERC Pathlight as Chief Nursing Officer in 2023. She holds three bachelor’s degrees, a MBA, and a Master’s in ...READ MORE
Find Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment in Illinois
We also offer virtual eating disorder treatment for individuals in Illinois through our Eating Recovery At Home program. Individuals in all cities and towns across Illinois, including the cities listed below, are eligible to participate in Eating Recovery At Home.
- Arlington Heights
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