Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What does your organization do?
- What is EAI's Board of Trustees?
- Who is on EAI's Board of Trustees?
- What is the Emotions Anonymous Program?
- What are EA meetings like?
- How can I get involved and support EAI?
- Do I have to accept everything you tell me?
- Do I have to believe in God?
- Are you a cult?
- Who runs the meetings?
- If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?
What does your organization do?
Emotions Anonymous International (EAI) is a 501(c)(3) international nonprofit 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. The main office in St. Paul, Minnesota manages information about the groups' meeting information, maintains the website, publishes, sells, and ships the materials, and generally works to provide information and understanding about the EA program of recovery.
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?"
What is the Emotions Anonymous Program?
The EA Program foundational components include the 12 Steps, 12 Traditions, 12 Helpful Concepts, 12 Just for Todays, 12 Promises, 12 Slogans, and 12 Principles. The program encompasses EA-approved literature (books, workbooks, emotion specific pamphlets, program pamphlets, other literature, and the Serenity Prayer. EA is an international fellowship of men and women who have emotional difficulties and want to live more manageable lives by using the Emotions Anonymous Program of recovery. The program is designed for adults.
As an anonymous program, EA respects the confidentiality of its members 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 EA program is nonprofessional; it can be a complement to mental health therapy but it is not necessary to be seeking professional help to attend EA meetings. EA is not a medical or psychiatric service, nor does it provide personal or family counseling.
What are EA meetings like?
EA meetings are a warm and accepting group setting in which to share experiences without fear of criticism. EA members come together in weekly mutual support group meetings for the purpose of anyone to share experiences, feelings, strengths, weaknesses, and hope with one another working toward recovery from any sort of emotional difficulties. Members may have different symptoms, but the underlying emotions are the same or similar. Through weekly support meetings, members discover they are not alone in their struggles. EA members are of diverse ages, races, economic statuses, social and educational backgrounds. The leadership of meetings 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 there are minimal disruptions. They are not an authority of the group or EA. There are no fees to participate in or attend a meeting. Meetings are either locally in person (face-to-face) or accessible remotely (Phone, Zoom, Skype, etc.) Donations are encouraged per EA's 7th Tradition.
How can I get involved and support EAI?
There are many service opportunities at EA!
1) Start a new EA group
2) Tell others about EA: We have business cards and flyers you can post in local libraries, grocery stores, coffee shops, etc that provide information about your local meetings.
3) Consider becoming a sponsor.
4) Consider offering your services on the Board of Trustees: The Board meets twice per year, with monthly committee meetings in between. Applications for Trustees begin each spring.
Do I have to accept everything you tell me?
EA believes in ‘take what you like, leave the rest” - you accept what works for you.
Do I have to believe in God?
All ‘anonymous’ programs are based in spirituality, not religion. Your personal “Higher Power” can be whatever you choose, outside of yourself.
Are you a cult?
No! EAI is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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.
Who runs the meetings?
Tradition Two tells us that "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." All group members are equal and take turns in the role of ‘trusted servant’ to manage the logistics of the meetings. There are no 'leaders' in EA.
EAI is fully supported by member/group contributions and 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. To learn more, please visit our Financials page by clicking "If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?"
Anonymity is a primary tenet of all recovery programs and EA is no different. We do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our members. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private or nonprofit.
Testimonials to the EA Program From EA Members
"EA ISC will always be a gift for anyone that wants to start a meeting no matter how old or new one is to the program as I am lucky to start the program as young as I did as I'm 51 but have 21 years in." — Lee R.
"This program is giving me my Life Back and My Inner true Self.." — Tanya M.
"WHAT IF... Worrying is thinking about “what if something goes wrong”. Dreaming is thinking about “what if everything goes right”. Both are necessary. When I get out of balance with either one, I need a way to keep from capsizing. To do that I take some steps. For me, EA is all about that." — Janet H.