Frequently Asked Questions

Want some basic answers about EA?

  1. Emotions Anonymous is a support group program based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Support groups are volunteer-led, weekly meetings that follow a specific format and use materials that have been approved by the Board of Trustees of the organization. EA is not a religious or health-care organization. The International Service Center, with an office in St. Paul, Minn., manages information about the groups, keeps the website, publishes and sells the materials, and generally works to provide information and understanding about the EA program of recovery.

  2. There are many service opportunities at EA!
    1) Join a local group: Use the "Find a Meeting" tab to search for a meeting near you. If there is not, there are skype and phone meetings available.
    2) Tell others about EA: We have business cards and flyers you can post in local libraries, grocery stores, coffeeshops etc that provide information about your local meetings.
    3) Join a committee of the Board of Trustees: We have several committees engaged in various aspects of the organization - Outreach, Books & Literature, Convention Planning, Technology - that are open to non-Trustees. This is a great way to understand the inner-workings of the International Service Center and EA as a whole.
    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.

  3. EA believes in ‘take what you like, leave the rest” - you accept what works for you.

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

  5. No! EA is a registered 501c(3) nonprofit organization. There are no dues or fees. The only requirement for membership is a desire to be well emotionally.

  6. Tradition Two tells us that "For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority, a loving Higher Power as they may express themself 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.

  7. Funds donated are used to keep the International Service Center staffed and running, which, in turn keeps EA active and growing. The EA budget includes staff time, office rent, technology (website, email, blog), efforts to build awareness of EA and encourage membership, publication costs and more. EA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Visit our Financials page to learn more.

  8. 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.