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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.
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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 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.
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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.

    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.
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    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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A Closer Look: Body Image Y Group

January 25, 2017.
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    The Emily Program offers a wide array of individual and group therapy options for clients at all levels of care. Today, let’s take a closer look at an outpatient group called Body Image Y. To learn more, we caught up with therapist Laura Sferra at our Spokane, WA site.

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The Role of the Dietitian in Eating Disorder Treatment

November 22, 2016.
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    Eating disorders are neurobiological illnesses that have both psychological and physical manifestations. They are complex and require comprehensive treatment teams to greatly increase a client’s chance of success.

    That’s why The Emily Program employs a multidisciplinary team of eating disorder specialists to deliver optimal care to every client. Here, we believe care demands, at a minimum, medical, psychological, psychiatric and nutritional components, along with family and other supports. If any of these components are missing, treatment will likely be less successful.

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When the Lyrics Quieted the Noise

October 26, 2016.
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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 Nicole, a former Emily Program client

    As I have grown up and entered the new chapter in my life that has begun my years as a young adult, I have had many obstacles thrown my way before reaching the age of 21. I am happy to say that I am living a happy, healthy, productive, and recovering life in my house up north with my mom and dad. However, it took many years of therapy, medication adjustments, and support from my loved ones to get to where I am today. Things weren’t always promising for me.

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Young Adult Intensive Outpatient Program Now Open in St. Paul, MN

October 18, 2016.
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    The Toogood Adolescent Outpatient site in St. Paul, MN provides a variety of adolescent and young adult services, including individual therapy, family-based therapy, nutritional counseling, medical services, and group therapy.

    Recently, Toogood launched a new program called the Young Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (YAIOP) specifically for clients dealing with the unique challenges of transitioning into adulthood.

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Some Things I Like About My Body

September 27, 2016.
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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.

    When I was a kid, I suffered a traumatic injury to my face. I was kicked by a horse. I still remember which shirt I was wearing—it was a white T-shirt with a green square that said “H20” all around the perimeter. It became immediately soaked in blood. The doctor who stitched my lip back together told my parents to be prepared for the suggestion of plastic surgery to my face. But, to everyone’s surprise, my body healed itself quickly and gracefully. Now, decades later, the only evidence of the injury is a small, barely visible scar on my lower lip.

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