Recovery Stories: A Beacon of Hope
Recovering from an eating disorder is a tremendous milestone. There may come a time when you’ve been recovered for a while that you decide to tell your story. You may tell one person or you may tell a larger group. Motivation for sharing recovery stories varies, but often people want to share with the hope that their story might change even one life in some way. More and more we see celebrities speaking out about their struggles with eating disorders and mental illness. They have a very public platform from which to speak and have a lot of influence among their fan base. Actors like Kate Winslet and Jessica Alba have openly shared their struggles with eating disorders. While it is hard to know if these stories affect fans in a positive or negative way, it is important to note that recovery stories come from the heart and are meant to instill hope. Continue reading
Nutrition Essential Component for Healing
A key component to eating disorder treatment is developing and monitoring a nutrition plan. Nutritional deficiencies are common in people with eating disorders. Lack of nutrients from food restriction and electrolyte imbalances from purging and dehydration are serious complications that can be life-threatening if not remedied. A registered dietitian (RD) is an essential member of the treatment team and is responsible for guiding patients and their families through the weight and nutrition restoration process.
The Eating Disorder Coalition Lobby Day Educates the Community About EDs
On October 28th, hundreds of people convened on Capitol Hill to attend the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) Lobby Day. The Lobby Day, held twice per year, brings survivors, families, friends, and professionals together to educate legislators about eating disorders and ask for help with important policies like the Anna Westin Act. Designed to address treatment coverage, training for professionals and educators, and truth in advertising, the Act has gained bipartisan support and, thanks to the many voices raised in unison, the importance of these issues is being heard.
The Truth About Unhealthy Relationships and Eating Disorder Treatment
One of the wonderful things about seeking treatment in a group setting is the benefit one gets from relationships built in treatment. The relationships built with staff can be very helpful while in treatment, but the relationships built with peers can be helpful both during and after treatment.
However, not all relationships are helpful. In my time as a milieu counselor at Center for Discovery, I have seen several types of unhealthy relationships emerge between clients. The most frequent type of dynamic is enmeshment. This is when two clients are so close that they do not operate as two separate people. They do not express their own opinions, likes and dislikes or feelings. Instead the two function as one person with shared emotions and opinions.
What to Expect at Center for Discovery
Clients entering residential treatment at Center for Discovery face a wide range of emotions. Some clients may feel sad, upset, angry or excited about their new placement. It is important for clients entering residential treatment at Center for Discovery to understand what they can expect from their time spent in treatment.
Is Strong is the New Skinny? Or Strong is Strong and Skinny is Skinny?
A lot of media attention is being paid to the latest catch phrase, “strong is the new skinny.” Many pictures have been posted on social media that display women and men flexing their enlarged muscles. Although the movement away from stick thin models defining beauty is a refreshing thought, this new form of body idealization comes with its own healthy concerns.
Center for Discovery has recently celebrated the opening of Center for Discovery Chicago. Our Chicago location will focus on helping adolescents and teens, both males and females, with eating disorders. As with our other teen eating disorder treatment centers, the location is personalized and intimate, only treating a small number of clients at one time. Center for Discovery Chicago is located within a residential neighborhood in Glenview, Illinois.
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Center for Discovery, will appear on the Dr. Phil show airing on September 24, 2013. Center for Discovery is providing aftercare services for various guests on the Dr.Phil show.
“Center for Discovery is proud to be associated with Dr. Phil McGraw and the Dr. Phil show,” said Mark Hobbins, President and COO of Center for Discovery. “We are pleased to be able to provide our adolescent therapeutic services to Dr. Phil’s guests.”
The show focuses on the story of an out of control 16-year-old girl who ran away from home for months and is acting out through reckless behaviors including drug and alcohol abuse. Dr. Phil asked Center for Discovery to help this young girl with an extensive history of substance abuse to abstain from drugs and alcohol and to help give her the skills necessary to deal with the stress in her life in a safe and healthy way.
What to Expect from Eating Disorder Residential Treatment
Entering a residential treatment facility can be anxiety provoking for returning clients, new clients, and families. Understanding this, most residential treatment programs are designed to accommodate all the tension and apprehension that may come with this change. The days spent at a residential treatment center are organized, planned, and focused on providing the best care and support possible. Although clients may enter a residential program at different stages of recovery and with differing disorders, all enter with the same rules and follow the same program.
A New Wave of Bullying
Bullying, which is different from simple conflict, is characterized by an intention to harm, repeated acts of harm and an imbalance of power between the bully and victim. Bullying has changed over the past 50 years. It’s no longer as simple as getting pushed around at the playground during recess. Access to social media like Facebook, smart phones, iPads, and other advanced technology extends the parameters of bullying into a cyber space that is not only poorly monitored, but has also proven difficult to police or censor. Teenagers are so technologically connected that one word, insult, or picture can be spread to hundreds of peers in moments.