Business School Sunday at IAEDP!– March 22nd, 2015 from 10:50 am – 1:50 pm  

How to Run a Successful Eating Disorder Private Practice AND Business Mind – Clinical Heart: Bridge Therapeutic Training with Financial Wisdom

Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD, Kait Fortunato, RD, LD and Beverly S. Price, MA, E-RYT, CEDS

Are you a psychotherapist or a registered dietitian…

Not having enough control over your destiny?

Ready to be compensated for your worth?

As a healthcare professional in a dynamic marketplace, you probably recognize that being successful today has as much to do with how well you manage your business as it does with the quality of services you offer your patients. What you may not know is how to maximize your practice’s -and your own-potential.

If you are interested in learning the secrets to creating a unique group practice to help clients with recovery, while learning how to deal with your client’s financial fears, then this double workshop is for you!

Rebecca is an award-winning Registered Dietitian who is both a seasoned nutrition counselor and successful business owner in Greenbelt and Columbia, Maryland.  Beverly currently owns and operates Inner Door Center®, a free standing partial hospitalization program for eating disorders and substance abuse, along with an outpatient mental health clinic in Royal Oak, Michigan.


The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us
to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around
when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a
smile that lit up her entire being..

She said, ‘Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I
give you a hug?’

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, ‘Of course you may!’ and she gave
me a giant squeeze..

‘Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?’ I asked.

She jokingly replied, ‘I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and
have a couple of kids…’

‘No seriously,’ I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be
taking on this challenge at her age.

‘I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!’
she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would
leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to
this ‘time machine’ as she shared her wisdom and experience with me..

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made
friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she revelled in the
attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet.
I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to
the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her
three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and
simply said, ‘I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this
whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just
tell you what I know.’

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ‘ We do not stop playing
because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.

There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving
success. You have to laugh and find humour every day. You’ve got to have a
dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!

There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do
one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven
years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn

Anybody! Can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea
is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for
things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with

She concluded her speech by courageously singing ‘The Rose.’

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily
lives. At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all
those months ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the
wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you
can possibly be.

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.

Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give.

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He
will bring you through it..

‘Good friends are like stars….. …..You don’t always see them, but you
know they are always there.’

New Year, New Beginnings

imagesIt’s that time of year again, time to make those New Year Resolutions…bring on the groans. It’s easy to get excited about starting something new, but it’s easier to get discouraged when those resolutions don’t last very long. How long do your resolutions last for? Two weeks? A month? Don’t get me wrong, resolutions are a great thing! They help you better yourself and can make you try something new. But before you get discouraged and give up completely, use these tips to make and keep your resolutions:

1. Quantity- Don’t make too many resolutions. Make one or two so you can focus on them. Having too many resolutions can cause distraction and forget about other ones.

2. Realistic- Make sure you’re able to accomplish your resolution. Don’t make it something that can never be reached.

3. Be Mindful- Be mindful when creating a resolution and throughout the year. Listen to what your mind and body are telling     you. If you focus on yourself, it’ll be easier to accomplish your goal.

4. Accountability- Have an accountability partner, someone who will keep you on track and might even create this change         with you! It’s easier to change something in your life when you have your friend doing it with you. You keep each other           accountable.

5. Know you’re not perfect- It’s important to go into the New Year knowing you’re not perfect, mistakes will happen. Maybe         you’ll miss a day or you’ll do something wrong. That is okay! Just keep going. It’s better to get back up and keep going,         then giving up all together.

The trick is to make it a lifestyle change, not a resolution. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to keep this resolution. Maybe you have a problem with substance abuse, have an eating disorder or struggle with something in your life. The New Year is a great way to create that new beginning for yourself. You can start fresh and make a change in your life, and you don’t have to do it alone. If you struggle with any of the things I just mentioned, Inner Door Center® can help you. We can help you change your life around and become a stepping stone to improving your life.

If you would like to talk to someone about other ways to improve your life, contact the Inner Door Center® at 248-336-2868 for more information on our treatment programs or visit

You’ve hit rock bottom…now what?

You have a problem with substance abuse, whether it be drugs or alcohol, and have gotten in serious trouble with the law; could be DUI, drug possession, trafficking, or distribution. You know that you’ve hit the lowest low and you don’t know what to do next.

There are countless stories of individuals who were deep in substance abuse, but changed their life around through rehab, jail time, or becoming spiritual. We commend those who are able to overcome their substance abuse, but sometimes relapse happens.

Let’s create a scenario: You are involved in heavy drug use and the police pull you over during a traffic stop and they find drugs in your possession. They arrest you and charge you for drug possession. You never thought you would end up arrested and face jail time. What are you supposed to do now?

If you’re in the Metro Detroit area, many people call Jack Jaffe, Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer. He fights for those who are facing felony and misdemeanor charges. A lot of his clients suffer from substance abuse.

A good friend of Inner Door Center®, Jaffe sends a lot of his clients to Inner Door Center to get helphoto (1)p with their substance abuse.

“The knowledge, experience and expertise of the staff at Inner Door Center has been helpful for my clients to address their issues and start a path of recovery,” stated Jaffe.

Inner Door Center® is a licensed substance abuse treatment program with a highly skilled Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor on staff. It’s time to reclaim your own life and Inner Door Center® is ready to help you.

Whatever you are struggling with, it’s possible for a change. Change won’t be easy; it’ll be scary and require hard work. Jaffe explains that it’s not that clients are hesitant to get help, it’s more that they are afraid of the change. They have fallen into this routine and have become comfortable in it, even though their world around them is falling apart.

David Price, COO and Program Director at Inner Door Center® works with Jaffe often. “He refers his clients to me often. He’s very tenacious and an advocate for people.”

You don’t have to go through through recovery alone. Jack Jaffe and Inner Door Center® are here to help you and devoted to help and represent you.

The Legal Center of Jack L. Jaffe is located in Madison Heights, MI and can be reached at 248-556-2705. He offers free initial consultations for prospective clients. For more information on Jack Jaffe, visit his website.

Visit our website for more information about our outpatient substance abuse support programs.

Yoga Is More Than Posing.

“If you can control the fluctuations of the mind you will experience Yoga,” says one yoga Sutra.

When I found out that I would be going through the treatment program here at Inner Door for a week, I was excited. I get to do yoga for a week for work! How awesome is that?

I came to my first yoga session very anxious. I was starting a new job and I was nervous about the yoga. But after I walked into that yoga room and spent an hour on that mat, I discovered that yoga is more than just physically demanding, it is a mentally focused exercise that challenges your body and mind simultaneously.

During my week in the Inner Door program, I learned that yoga is all about non-judgement of yourself and others. It’s meant to clear your mind and challenge you to become present in the very moment you’re in. This is often difficult to do in today’s world. We’re constantly surrounded by so much noise that it’s hard to be present, especially when you’ve got your smartphone in your hand and your tablet in the other.

The week that I was in treatment program, they were focusing on the sixth chakra-the third eye. It was all about being mindful and present in the moment, focusing on how you feel in that moment. By the end of the session I realized how relaxed I was. My mind wasn’t racing a million words a minute and I was able to be in the moment. I wasn’t worried about responding to all the texts and emails on my phone. I was just able to enjoy where I was right then and there.

While yoga relaxes you and you have this moment of calmness and relaxation, it also brings you to a point of confrontation with yourself. You’re forced to face your feelings in that moment and confront them, whether they be good or bad. It may become an emotional time, having to deal with certain feelings. Although at that moment it may be hard or uncomfortable dealing with those feelings, afterward it is very rewarding.

For example, at times I was feeling insecure and I was forced to examine those feelings and get to the root of them. Why was I feeling insecure? What am I feeling insecure about? And after the session, we were able to talk about these feelings. We were able to process them and overcome them.

It also helps you to restore a relationship with your body. You’re able to become aware of your thoughts and feelings, and eventually be able to understand and trust them.

I encourage everyone to try yoga at least once, even if you are skeptical of the idea. Get outside of your box and try something new. Take a group of friends to try it out, or even watch a video and do it in the privacy of your own home. You don’t have to become a master of yoga or even like it. It may teach you something about yourself, or just give you an hour or relaxation. Let the practice of yoga help you uncover feelings that you didn’t know were there and deal with those feelings. Don’t let the fear of trying something new and the way you might look from letting you experience the feelings that are within you.


Beyond the Bathing Suit

Women_in_Bathing_Suits_North_Africa_1944[1]Written by Alexis S., Alumni Member of Reconnect with Food program at Inner Door Center®

It’s been three and a half years since I graduated Inner Door Center’s program. While my health and happiness have greatly increased, recovery has been a dance of a couple of steps forward and a couple of steps back. Summer, a time of bikinis and BBQs, has always been a time of anxiety and disorder. There were years when the season was marked by restriction and other years that were marked by binging and purging. Even after three years of recovery, summer is still a challenging time of year for me.

I would love to write that this year I am able to put on my bathing suit without hesitation and confidently strut my stuff. I would love to write that I navigate the family BBQs and trips to Mackinac City for fudge and caramel corn without fretting. However, even now, there are times when it is tempting to slip back into old habits.

This past weekend, when I put on my bathing suit, familiar and oh-so-unkind thoughts about my body popped up, making me want to run and hide. On the boat, surrounded by coolers and snack bags, I felt trapped and the rising panic tempted me to escape in the disordered world of restricting and binging.

Luckily, I have spent hours on my yoga mat, preparing for moments like this. In poses like chair and pigeon, I’ve practiced on staying present in moments of discomfort. In triangle pose and airplane pose, I’ve practiced accepting where my body is. Breath by breath, I’ve put principles of non-judgement, acceptance, and balance into practice on my mat and the more I practice, the more easily these principles translate off the mat.

So, as old thoughts and habits threatened to unsettle and distress, I took a breath and took notice of what was arising. I allowed myself to experience the discomfort, knowing that eventually the moment would pass… and it did. Though there were uncomfortable moments that day, there were also moments of laughter and joy, moments that just a few years ago, I would have been too preoccupied to experience.

Every once in a while, my friends and I end the day by watching summer fireworks light up the sky. This past weekend, as I watched the sky erupt in explosions of colors, I sent the universe a whisper of thanks for my own freedom from the shackles of disorder.

Tips for Navigating Swimsuit Season

  1. Take your time finding a swimsuit that you feel comfortable in. There are many different styles and it may take time to find one that you like. Be patient.
  2. Bring a friend to shop with you, someone who supports your recovery and can help you through the process.
  3. You are your own worst critic. Be generous and consistent with positive affirmations for yourself.
  4. Take a deep breath and let go of some worry & anxiety. Those are too heavy to carry around at the beach and the pool.
  5. And dive in. Even if that just means dipping your toes in. You got this.

Struggling with body image and your relationship with food? We’re here to help you! Call Inner Door Center® today at 248-336-2868 for an initial assessment or learn more about our programs at

Keeping Gratitude in Your Daily Life

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Gratitude: noun, the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Focusing on the negative is easier than focusing on the foreign feelings of positivity and thankfulness. Personally, I know that most days, gratitude is hard to come by. Whether it is myself, people I know or strangers on the street, it seems that everyone has an issue with this idea of gratitude. Showing gratitude toward others is important, but showing gratitude to oneself is even more valuable. There are many ways to practice this throughout the recovery process, such as writing in a gratitude journal, turning negative thoughts into positives and working to spread gratitude to others once it is found within yourself.

While at the Inner Door Center®, clients are sometimes sponsored through the partial hospitalization program by generous donors when insurance stops paying. Having clients write gratitude letters to these donors not only helps the donor see they are making a difference, but shows the client they are not alone in their journey to find gratitude within themselves.

Gratitude Journal

Buy a fun journal or decorate an old one with inspiring quotes or pictures that make you happy. Then, start with the date at the top and write AT LEAST one thing that happened that day that you are thankful for. Some days will be filled with great things and others you may have to fight to find one. Sometimes the entries will have great examples like, I am grateful for my friend, family and job. Other entries will only have, I am grateful for this pen. Write as little of as much as necessary.

Play around with it, get personal and write! And hey, even Oprah writes in a gratitude journal! :) 

Negative to Positive

Writing in your gratitude journal will show you that even in the darkest days, there is still a little sunshine. Though turning negative thoughts to positives seems easy in theory, we know that it is a constant struggle to keep the negativity away. But turning that one small positive thought can change the outlook of the rest of the day.

Take it one thought at a time, there will still be negatives, they just won’t seem as bad. 

Spreading the Gratitude

Once you have gratitude within yourself, spread it to the world!

You never know who could benefit from it :)


“The root of joy is gratefulness” -David Steindl-Rast

Written by: Alexandra LaForge, Fundraising & Community Relations Intern