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Articles tagged with: Recovery

ED Q&A: How Have You Been Supported?

August 02, 2017.
  • ED QA

    We recently asked people in recovery from an eating disorder to share their thoughts about the illness. We hope these insights from those who have "been there" help if you're seeking answers and understanding. A big thanks to everyone who contributed to this post and to all the supportive friends and family out there.

    These are personal perspectives; 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.

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Breaking Free

July 20, 2017.
  • Freedom

    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 Sara Stein, a former Emily Program client. Sara is a therapist and musician from Cleveland, OH.

    How It Began

    The word “diet” had infiltrated my being at a pre-teen age. For whatever reason, THIS was my Achilles heel in life – this was the thing that was going to reel me in again and again and unfurl all sorts of chaos, havoc and heartache.

    To keep it short and simple, I spent years and decades trying to manage and control my food intake and construct my body to look and be a certain way. There was always this gnawing, annoying thing in the back of my head telling me I wasn’t enough, that I ate the wrong thing, that something bad was going to happen, and that I needed to work harder and do better.

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When Does a Client Need a Higher Level of Care?

July 19, 2017.
  •  Determining Levels of Care

    At The Emily Program, we personalize each client’s care so they receive evidence-based treatment that matches the severity of their illness.

    Determining the correct level of care ensures that our clients receive the most effective therapies for sustained recovery. Appropriate levels of care also decrease long-term health care costs associated with expensive but ineffective hospital stays that don’t address the core symptoms of eating disorders.

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Secrets

July 13, 2017.
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    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 Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.

    A few years ago, when my second album was about to come out, a local alt weekly wrote an article about me. Without my consent, the journalist included information in the article about my struggles with an eating disorder and drug and alcohol abuse. She included specific details that she found on a recovery blog I used to keep. The story she wrote had a narrative arc that was about a queer girl who hit rock bottom, overcame bulimia and addiction, and then turned it all into music. It didn’t paint me in a negative light, exactly, and she did also write nice things about my music, but the inclusion of my struggles from the past in someone else’s words, without warning, shocked me. It was worded in such a way that it sounded like I had shared that information with her in an interview, but I had not. I had not disclosed any information about my history of bulimia or addiction with her, and I struggled to understand why she had included it.

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ED Q&A: What Do You Wish People Understood?

July 05, 2017.
  • ED QA

    We recently asked people in recovery from an eating disorder to share their thoughts about the illness. We hope these insights from those who have "been there" help you if you're seeking answers and understanding. A big thanks to everyone who contributed to this post.

    These are personal perspectives; 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.

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Making Plans

June 30, 2017.
  • Calendar

    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 Carla Bellino, a former The Emily Program client and woman in recovery.

    I am now 23 years old. I’m graduating in December from Baldwin Wallace University with my bachelor’s degree in psychology. But what if I told you that I don’t really have concrete plans after I graduate? I certainly have an end goal in mind, and I know what I want my career to be. But I’m not entirely sure what the road looks like to get there. The thing is, I stopped making concrete plans a while ago because I’ve learned that they rarely work out the way you think they will.

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Goodbye, Self-Acceptance. Hello, Integration.

June 22, 2017.
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    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 Dallas Rising, a former The Emily Program client and woman in recovery

    I sat cross-legged on my yoga mat, doing my best to explain yoga’s role in my life. Inevitably, thoughts of my eating disorder surfaced. I talked about my relationship with exercise, my unhealthy compulsivity with high-intensity activity and severe food restriction. My eating disorder treats numbers as fodder for obsession, so health clubs and gyms aren’t safe for me. Our culture recently recognized the self-punishment associated with “thinspiration,” and instead embraced “fitspiration.” Fewer people recognize the danger of fitspiration, although it encourages an equally destructive and punishing mindset. It celebrates those that ignore physical distress in the name of fitness. Both paradigms frame the body as something to conquer, shape, and control.

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Fitness Trackers and Disordered Eating

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Integrated Program for Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorders

May 10, 2017.
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    Many individuals with an eating disorder also struggle with alcohol and drugs. The co-occurrence of eating disorders and substance use disorders may have profound negative effects on health and quality of life. Because the relationship between the two conditions is complex and intertwined, The Emily Program has designed a program that addresses the eating disorders and substance use disorder at the same time. Dr. Jason Reed, Director of the Integrated Eating Disorder/Substance Use Disorder (ED/SUD) program, answers a few questions for us about the program's philosophy and structure.

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My Ever-Changing Body

February 23, 2017.
  • Changing leaves

    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 Megan Haskins. Megan has completed intensive programming at The Emily Program and is a wife and mommy to triplets.

    I'm kind of upset by this truth. "MY EVER-CHANGING BODY." In fact, it actually makes me quite mad.

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Vulnerability in Recovery

February 15, 2017.
  • Sunset

    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 Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.

    In recovery, sometimes I go long stretches without even thinking about the fact that I have struggled with an eating disorder. Still, recovery hasn’t completely erased any possibility of struggle. I am still vulnerable to moments of feeling triggered. I still encounter anxiety and even the occasional return of eating disorder thoughts. But, in my life today, I have powerful tools to handle the situations where I do feel triggered and vulnerable.

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Recovery Night this Thursday in Minnesota!

January 31, 2017.
  • MN Recovery Night

    Recovery is possible and it happens in multiple ways. Come see for yourself. We enjoy hearing former clients, community members, and even our peers talk about their journey to recovery from an eating disorder. Gathering together as a community provides another level of support. It provides a forum that is safe, inspiring, and powerful.

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