Emotions Anonymous is a twelve-step organization, similar to
Alcoholics Anonymous. Our fellowship is composed of people who come together in weekly
meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA
members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic status, social and
educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well
Our program has been known to work miracles in the lives of many who suffer from
problems as diverse as depression, anger, broken or strained relationships, grief,
anxiety, low self-esteem, panic, abnormal fears, resentment, jealousy, guilt, despair,
fatigue, tension, boredom, loneliness, withdrawal, obsessive and negative thinking, worry,
compulsive behavior and a variety of other emotional issues.
As an anonymous program, EA respects the confidentiality of its members at all times.
As a spiritual program, there is an emphasis on a higher power. Experience has shown the
EA program works equally well for those with or without religious beliefs or affiliations.
EA provides a warm and accepting group setting in which to share experiences without
fear of criticism. Through weekly support meetings, members discover they are not alone in
their struggles. We may each have different symptoms, but the underlying emotions are the
same or similar.
Our program was founded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1971. As of 2007 there are over 1000
EA chapters in 35 countries, including the United States. Emotions Anonymous is supported
and maintained by member contributions and each member and group is encouraged to share in
the financial support of Emotions Anonymous.
About Our Meetings: EA is not a medical or psychiatric service, nor does it
provide personal or family counseling. Leadership of group meetings rotates and is
non-professional. The leader's function is simply to conduct the meeting, not to serve as
an authority. Our meetings are structured to assist individuals who want to achieve and
maintain emotional health by understanding and utilizing the Twelve Steps
of Emotions Anonymous in their daily lives.
Tools of our program include: the Twelve Steps, Traditions, Concepts, and Promises. Also available is our EA
book which features writings on the Steps and personal recovery stories, our daily
meditation book Today, and program-approved literature.