by Katie Teresi
We wish recovery from an eating disorder was as simple as snapping our fingers, but the reality is that recovery is a journey. A challenging journey? For sure. An impossible one? Definitely not. Always remember that sustainable recovery is attainable. And, while no two paths to recovery are alike, there are a few things everyone should keep in mind while making the journey to an eating disorder-free life.
Articles tagged with: Eating Disorders
By Sarah Hrudka, Outreach Specialist at The Emily Program
As The Emily Program continues to expand treatment options across the country, it’s more important than ever to truly be part of and contribute to the richness of each community we join. To do this, The Emily Program has designated outreach staff who are able to take on this important community role.
By Katie Teresi
It may surprise people to know that body image is much more than what you see in the mirror. In fact, it spans how you picture yourself in your mind, what you believe about your own appearance, and what you think about your weight, height, and shape. It even covers how you feel in your own body.
By Cami Applequist, a former TEP client and woman in recovery
A while back I was getting ready to leave work as a nanny for two girls, ages 5 and 3, who knew I was going to officiate my cousin’s wedding that Saturday.
The Emily Program takes pride in getting out and being a part of the communities where we work and live. Our outreach staff and providers do presentations for community groups, professional associations, medical professionals, college students, the list goes on and on.
By Mark Warren, chief medical officer of The Emily Program
In our conversations about eating disorders we sometimes forget to state the obvious, which is that it’s horrible to have an eating disorder. It is always horrible for the person that has it and the pain of the disorder often extends far past the individual to their family, friends and community. Eating disorders affect everything about us. They affect the way we think, the way we feel, our self image, our experience in our bodies, our minds, and who we are in the world. They destroy our health, our hearts, our brains, and ultimately can take our lives. Eating disorders affect our relationships, school, work, and ability to have the lives we want to have. They are illnesses in the truest sense of the word. They disable us and take our health and well being. Part of the awfulness of having these disorders is that they are not well understood or appreciated for how terrible they are and the pain they cause. Layered into all of this is that the treatment for the disorder often causes more pain. Trying to refeed, stop behaviors, change self image, and work on body image can take us to places that are both painful and frightening. Yet there is no other choice. So what do we do? We find strength from each other, find ways to feed ourselves and make our bodies healthy, and find a community that is healing. We need to believe in and seek out the evidence based care that can help us and trustworthy providers, family, and friends who will be there with us. In Marsha Linehan’s writings she talks about the pain of living in hell and how the only way out of hell is to get on our hands and knees and crawl through the fire until we reach the sunshine. So we acknowledge the pain and acknowledge how awful these disorders can be, but also know that if we keep moving forward we can find the light that will give us our lives back and let us escape the disorder.
Contributions by Sarah Emerman, Therapist at The Emily Program - Cleveland (formerly Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders)
How do I tolerate how terrible it is to have an eating disorder? originated on Clevelend Center for Eating Disorders blog Clevelend Center for Eating Disorders blog in July 2012.
By Wendy Blackshaw, marketing director at The Emily Program and a woman in recovery
A couple months ago I read an email that made me weepy. It was from a Minneapolis yoga instructor who saw one of our Emily Program billboards that says “Ever Beaten Yourself Up with a Donut”? She was writing to thank us because it captured where she had once been – struggling with an eating disorder – but it also captured where she is now – healthy, whole and in a recovery where donuts are eaten. I love these stories. Because it is my story.
By Katie Teresi
Think, for a moment, about who or what is beautiful to you. It could be people, places, things...
Now here’s a challenge: If you eliminated every beautiful thing you thought of that was based on sight, how many things would be left?
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 thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.
By Cami Applequist, a former client in recovery
I struggled with both an eating disorder and depression for several years of my life. Over the past few years I have been living a life free from both. I am very grateful for every person who stepped in to give me a hand along the way and for every single thing I picked up that helped me realize that this life of happiness is possible.
In this "Ask Emily" segment Dr. Lampert provides a concrete method you and your network can use to advocate against advertising messages that may be hurtful or harmful.
Using your voice is a great way to get involved and change the perceptions of advertisers (and the general public). Everyone can use their voice to help educate others and turn harmful messages into positive ones.
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.
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.