July 21, 2014 by Castlewood Treatment Center in Eating Disorder Treatment Project HEAL (Help to Eat, Accept, and Live) used social media channels to reach out to men and women recovering from an eating disorder, asking them to share what is recovery in a few words. The project became "Faces of Recovery," a collection of 150 black and white photographs depicting eating disorder survivors smiling or laughing and holding signs with their personal message.
Project HEAL is a non-profit which works to send eating disorder patients who want to recover but cannot afford treatment, scholarships for their treatment. Co-founders of the organization explained how in some cases insurance companies want to see a finishing line for payment, and with mental illness they might not cover it to the extent some need it.
"Faces of Recovery," which was shot by photographer Steve Eichner, showcased the many faces of eating disorder recovery at its sixth annual gala, June 20 at the gastro-lounge EVR in New York. The event was hosted by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s Brother Brian Cuban, who struggled with anorexia and bulimia for 27 years, beginning in the late 1970s. He says while Karen Carpenter brought eating disorders to the national spotlight, it was difficult as a man to talk about his experience or seek treatment.
Project HEAL co-founder Kristina Saffran said: “We wanted to spread the idea that full recovery is possible — but also that the possibilities that come with recovery are endless."
Project HEAL takes an honorable step in helping individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be afforded the care of treatment. By asking the question what is recovery, the organization has been able to raise over $300,000 and has sent nine applicants to residential and intensive outpatient treatment, and they have opened over 25 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Japan. This type of support can mean all the difference for individuals struggling with eating disorders who truly want help to find a new life in recovery.
Share images of what has inspired your recovery on Instagram using #WhatIsRecovery