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The 12 Traditions are the guidelines by which our group and our fellowship function. They have proven over the years to be an effective way of holding the fellowship and individual groups together.

During the year 2019, the EAI Board reflected on the the 12 Traditions of the EA Program.

  • Tradition 1: Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on EA unity.

  • Tradition 2: For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority: a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

  • Tradition 3: The only requirement for EA membership is a desire to become well emotionally.

  • Tradition 4: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or EA as a whole.

  • Tradition 5: Each group has but one primary purpose: to carry its message to the person who still suffers from emotional problems.

  • Tradition 6: An EA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the EA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

  • Tradition 7: Every EA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

  • Tradition 8: Emotions Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.