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There’s Help. There’s Hope! The Emily Program is a warm and welcoming place where individuals and their families can find comprehensive treatment for eating disorders and related issues. This blog is a place for us to share the latest happenings at The Emily Program, as well as helpful tidbits from the broader eating disorder community. Subscribe via RSS to receive automatic updates. We want to hear your story. Email us (blog@emilyprogram.com) and ask how you can become a contributor!

November 4, 2014

Happies

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 TEP client and woman in recovery

In the midst of eating disorder treatment, it is really easy to feel like everything sucks – and that it all sucks really bad. Building an entirely new relationship with food isn’t easy and it involves developing new relationships with family, friends, and the way in which we see the world. So it doesn’t just feel like it sucks, it does suck. And it sort of has to suck – because eating disorders suck and all the reasons they exist suck. But know that it is entirely possible to survive all of the suckiness.

October 30, 2014

Motivating Through Music

We’ve put together our third #TEPMusicMonday playlist. We hope that these songs lift you up and help you continue moving forward on your journey to recovery.

There’s something special about music and how each song resonates with everyone in different ways. These songs have been shared over the past couple of months on The Emily Program Facebook page – we call it #TEPMusicMonday. We like to start the week on the right note (pun intended) and hope you enjoy the music we share. Follow us on Facebook to enjoy our weekly selection.

October 24, 2014

Eating Disorders Coalition’s Lobby Days Roundup

Earlier this month, a few of us from The Emily Program – Cleveland headed down to our nation’s capital to participate in this year’s Eating Disorder Coalition’s National Fall Lobby Days. It sure was an exciting day for all of us in the eating disorder world.

We would like to thank all of you who joined us in representing Ohio and making our voices heard! It’s the most important advocacy event to influence policy on eating disorders in Congress.

October 23, 2014

5 Ways to Reduce Stress

No matter who we are, we’re all going to encounter stress throughout our lifetimes. Work, school, busy schedules…sometimes it seems impossible to escape.

While some stress can be good, being exposed to too much of it for prolonged periods of time can make people turn to unhealthy coping strategies. Withdrawing from friends and family, over-or under-sleeping, and relying on drugs and alcohol are examples of harmful ways to deal with stress. Another common method of managing high-stress levels is eating too much or too little – a method that may provide short-term comfort, but can lead to serious long-term effects like eating disorders.

Learning to manage stress in a healthy and positive way can help to avoid negative coping techniques.

October 16, 2014

I Choose to Be Happy

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 Tiffany Hammer, Outreach Specialist at The Emily Program

Recently I encountered a discussion about a group that a provider facilitated where they tried to talk about the reflection topic “I choose to be happy”. The provider mentioned that it was a difficult topic to elicit group participation. Hearing this, I wasn’t surprised. That affirmation can be intimidating. Yet it taught me the power of choice and who I want to be.

October 16, 2014

Butterfly Love

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 Alexandra Miles, a former Emily Program client in recovery

As I feel the intense heat of change, transformation, and growth within my inner workings, the land reminds me of my greater purpose and the greater whole. As I watch the summer flowers wither away and the birds flying south, I am reminded of my own rhythms and I start to remember why I am here.

Get help. Find hope.