Emotions Anonymous: The Ultimate Mental Health Support Group
As a person in recovery, I am a huge fan of support groups. Support groups allow people who are going through common challenges to learn from each other, share stories, and empower one another.
In addition to support groups, I’m a big believer in 12 step programs. I truly believe that is everyone if everyone this world participated in a 12 step program on a weekly basis, we would have less problems in the world.
In the world of mental health, we don’t really hear much about 12 step programs unless someone struggles with a substance abuse or dependency problem, in addition to a mental health challenge. As part of my journey to find peace from my internal pain, I begin looking for 12 step programs that might serve me.
Through research, I discovered that there is a 12 step program for people who struggle with mental health challenges, behavioral challenges, and emotional challenges. Its called Emotions Anonymous. As I learned more and more about this particular fellowship, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is the ultimate mental health support group.
There’s something about the 12 step process that grows your spirit, regardless of your faith and even if you are an atheist. Many people shy away from 12 step programs because of the use of the word “God” in the language heard at meetings and found in the literature. As a person who does not like to use the word “God”, I can honestly say that although the word doesn’t speak to me, I’ve come to define what it means for myself. Other people who have found success in these fellowships have done the same.
According to their website, “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 emotionally.”
The fellowship has provided incredible results who struggle with the following:
- Broken relationships
- Strained relationships
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive thinking
- Negative thinking
- Compulsive behavior
Best of all, it’s FREE!
Also, similiar to the BIG BOOK of Alcoholics Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous has it’s own book, simply called Emotions Anonymous. It’s based on the twelve steps and twelve traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.
As the world of mental health recovery evolves, I sincerely hope that more 12 step programs will start to emerge because of the unconditional love and support that they provide to members.
This is absolutely critical to Transforming Stigma™!