This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.
By Jamie Forman, a former Emily Program client and woman in recovery
I don't get excited about my birthday because of the parties and presents (although I can't complain about those in the slightest :)). I get excited because for me, another birthday marks another year of life; another year of strength and passion and commitment to being clean and sober from everything that I fought against for so long.
Articles tagged with: Eating Disorders
Please join us Wednesday, September 17 for a complimentary seminar to discuss the treatment of Substance Use Disorder and Eating Disorders.
This continuing educational program will educate attendees about eating disorders, treatment approaches, and complications that occur when an individual struggles with eating disorders co-occurring with substance use disorders.
Our South Sound (Lacey), WA office is now open!
The South South staff gathered for a quick photo op before entering the office together this morning. They are really excited to be in the new space, scheduling clients and helping people on their journey toward recovery.
By Christy Zender, MSW, LICSW, The Emily Program Site Manager, Woodbury & Toogood (Adolescent Outpatient Services, St. Paul)
Let’s start with a quick analogy.
Eating disorders and icebergs are more alike than one might think. Picture an iceberg floating in a vast ocean: You can only see the tip of the iceberg and have no idea of what is under the surface of the water. Most people look at an eating disorder the same way, only seeing what is on the outside, above the water. This generally represents the behavioral parts of an eating disorder – weight, size, shape, purging, excessive exercise, and so on – the things that you can see, measure, and quantify.
Our office is receiving its final touches, we are officially scheduling new appointments (call us!), and staff are finalizing the details for all our treatment programs.
The Emily Program - South Sound (Lacey, WA) will open on August 18 and we are extremely excited to become part of this community. The warmth and friendliness we've experienced from everyone we've met so far has been extraordinary.
"Ask Emily" is a video segment where Dr. Jillian Lampert answers email questions from the community.
In this "Ask Emily" Dr. Lampert suggests some steps people can take to begin to establish a healthy relationship with food and their body after years of overeating and feelings of shame.
By Cami Applequist, a former client in recovery
Twenty-two years ago I was a 22-year-old high achieving college student who had already studied overseas three times for a total of two and a half years and was fluent in a second language. I worked thirty hours a week and attended college classes full time while maintaining good grades. I managed to keep a large circle of friends well entertained and my nuclear and extended family happy by participating in family events at least ninety percent of the time. I was on the road to a job in marketing and advertising; to a dream life of red suits, nice cars, high pay and what I thought at the time would be happiness.
We would like to thank all of you who joined us last week at The Emily Program – Cleveland's Open House and complimentary CEU presentation. We are humbled by such a warm reception from our fellow peers, colleagues and community supporters.
Do you ever wonder if your child or loved one is struggling with an eating disorder? Is it “bad enough” to refer to a specialist? How can you support them during their eating disorder treatment? Eating disorders are serious, complex, and life-threatening conditions that require appropriate care and management by a team of professionals. These questions and more will be answered during this free session to help you understand of the multidimensional nature of eating disorders.
Participants needed for a study aimed at understanding early eating disorder symptom development!
The University of Minnesota and The Emily Program are seeking adolescents who have received an eating disorder diagnosis and parents of adolescents with a current or past eating disorder diagnosis to participate in a study looking at eating disorder symptom development. All participants will be asked to come in for a 45 minute session in which they will be interviewed and surveyed about their eating disorder development.
Participants will be adolescents between the ages of 12-18 with a recent eating disorder onset (i.e., within the past two years) and/or parents of adolescents with a recent eating disorder diagnosis.
Participants will each be compensated with a $25 Visa gift card for their participation. In person interviews are preferable, we can also complete sessions via phone.
A message from Erin, a former Emily Program client who is in recovery
I had the opportunity to record my story of hope and healing for The Emily Program recently. My hope is that in hearing my story you will know that there is hope for you, there is hope for your loved one, there is hope for everyone. Recovery is a journey, and it is there for you. I cannot promise that it will always be easy, but I can promise that it will be worth it.
By Michelle, an Emily Program client
Welcome to my first blog post. My name is Michelle and I’ve been coming to the Emily program for almost 10 years for help in dealing with compulsive overeating, depression and anxiety. When first asked about doing this blog I hesitated. I didn’t think I had anything special to say. But as I thought about it, I realized I have 3 good reasons for doing this:
- I have been through a lot but I’m not unique. All of us are dealing with similar things and I think many of you will be able to relate to some of my experiences. Treatment and therapy can be hard, but knowing you are not alone definitely makes it easier. I also promise to try and incorporate some humor –so be on the lookout for it. You may have to look closely…:)
- Doing this on a regular basis will help me reflect and think about my own recovery. It’s easy to get bogged down in my latest problems. This will help me think about things differently and from a different perspective.
- The Emily Program has literally saved my life and I want to give back. In the last few years there have been a couple of times when the pain got too big, the hope got too small and I just got too tired of fighting. I am still here today because of the connections I have made with counselors & friends at the Emily Program.
So enjoy the reading each month. Feel free to send in comments or questions and I’ll do my best to respond.
By Sarah Hrudka, Outreach Specialist at The Emily Program
I remember the terror and anxiety that ran through my veins prior to confronting my friends about their eating disorder(s), because I was so unsure of how they might react. But I once heard the quote, albeit a bit cheesy perhaps, that “I would rather have a mad friend than a dead friend.” Not that I had enough power as a single human to save their life and well-being per se, but instead holding steadfast to the notion that I had enough of a voice to help, because I would rather say “I tried” instead of “I should’ve.”
Please join us as we celebrate the partnership between The Emily Program and Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders on July 15 beginning at 5 p.m. Dirk Miller, CEO of The Emily Program, CCED's Mark Warren, newly appointed chief medical officer of The Emily Program, and CCED's Lucene Wisniewski, newly appointed chief clinical officer of The Emily Program, and other senior leadership of The Emily Program will be there. We would love to meet you and tell you about our future plans in Cleveland, including a new residential facility opening in early 2015.
Attention Lacey, Olympia, South Sound, Washington professionals.
Please join The Emily Program for a complimentary continuing education event at the Lacey Community Center on July 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.
Dr. Jillian Lampert, Chief Development Officer of The Emily Program and nationally renowned eating disorder expert will present on The Overlap Between Compulsive Overeating, Binge Eating and Obesity.