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EA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us by email or phone.

  1. What does your organization do?

    Emotions Anonymous International (EAI) is a 501(c)(3) international non-profit organization that facilitates the Emotions Anonymous (EA) 12-Step Program. EAI is the administrative arm of the EA Program.

    EAI is not a religious or health-care organization. EAI does not offer medical, psychiatric, or therapeutic services. EAI is not affiliated with any other recovery program.

    The EA office in St. Paul, Minnesota manages information about the EA groups' meeting information, maintains the EA website, publishes, sells, and ships the EA literature and materials, and generally works to provide information and understanding about the EA program of recovery.

  2. The EAI Board of Trustees is made up of EA members from across the world. Trustees help EAI develop and approve new literature with input from EA members.

    To learn more, please visit our "EAI Board of Trustee Information" page by clicking "What is EAI's Board of Trustees?"

  3. What is the Emotions Anonymous Program?

    The EA Program is a 12-Step peer-support group program based on the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step Program, but adapted to people dealing with overwhelming emotions and emotional difficulties.

    The EA program is non-professional; it can be a complement to mental health therapy, but it is not necessary to be seeking professional help to attend EA meetings. The EA program is not a medical, psychiatric, or counseling service.

    As an anonymous program, members' confidentiality is respected at all times. Members are not required to share any personal details - or even last names - if they do not choose to. As a spiritual program, there is an emphasis on a Higher Power. Experience has shown the EA program works equally well for any religious affiliations and those without religious beliefs.

    The foundational components of the EA program include: the 12 Helpful Concepts, 12 Just for Todays, 12 Slogans, 12 Traditions,12 Steps, 12 Promises, and 12 Principles.

    The program encompasses only EA-approved literature (books, workbooks, emotion-specific pamphlets, program pamphlets, other literature, and the Serenity Prayer).

  4. Who uses the EA Program and attends meetings?

    EA members are of diverse ages, races, economic statuses, social and educational backgrounds. They live all over the world. Members can work the program by themselves or by attending/participating in meetings. Members may have a mental health diagnosis, but it is not a requirement. Members may have different symptoms, but the underlying emotions are the same or similar.

  5. What are EA meetings like?

    Weekly EA meetings are warm and accepting group settings in which to share experiences without fear of criticism. EA members come together in weekly mutual support group meetings for the purpose of sharing experiences, feelings, strengths, weaknesses and hope with one another while working toward recovery from any sort of emotional difficulties. Through weekly support meetings, members discover they are not alone in their struggles. There are no fees to participate in or attend a meeting. Donations are encouraged per EA's 7th Tradition.

    The leadership of each EA meeting rotates and are non-professional volunteers with no mental health training. The leader's function is to conduct the meeting, ensuring the layout is followed, and that there are minimal disruptions. They are not an authority of the group, the EA program, or the EAI office.

    Meetings are either in-person or remote. Remote meetings include meeting over phone calls, chat, or via online applications such as FreeConferenceCall, Google Meet, Skype, or Zoom.

  6. Does EAI sign court cards or verify EA support group meeting attendance?

    Our office does not facilitate this. You would need to reach out to the contact(s) for the support group meeting that you are interested in attending/participating in to see if they would be willing and able to fill out the necessary paperwork you require.

  7. How can I get involved and support EA?

    There are many service opportunities at EA!
    You can:
    1) Start a new EA group
    2) Tell others about EA! We have business cards and fliers you can post in local libraries, grocery stores, coffee shops, etc. that provide information about your local EA meetings.
    3) Consider becoming an EA sponsor.
    4) Consider offering your services on the EA Board of Trustees: The Board meets monthly. Applications for Trustees are accepted each spring.
    5) Make a contribution! A good portion of EA revenue comes from member gifts, allowing us to provide EA materials and services to the membership.

  8. Do I have to accept everything you tell me?

    EA members believe in the ‘take what you like, leave the rest” mentality - you accept whatever works for you.

  9. Is the EA Program religious? Do I have to believe in God?

    All 12-step anonymous programs are based in spirituality, not religion. Your personal “Higher Power” can be whatever you choose, outside of yourself.

  10. Are you a cult?

    No! EAI is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. There are no dues or fees to attend or participate in meetings. The only requirement for membership is a desire to be well emotionally.

  11. EA is fully supported by member/group contributions and EA material purchases. Funds donated are used to keep the International Service Center staffed and running, which, in turn, keeps EAI active and growing.

    The EAI budget includes staff time, office rent, technology (website, email, forums), efforts to build awareness of the EA program, encourage membership, and cover publication costs. EAI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

  12. What is your organization's privacy policy?

    Anonymity is a primary tenet of all 12-step recovery programs and EA is no different. We do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our members that are not already public. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private, or non-profit.