Even though it doesn’t make sense from a business perspective, I have chosen to invest in EA for a reason.
My personal success story started with twelve-step groups. It was a twelve-step group that showed me the power of a spiritual solution which I have continued to use expressly in my life. It is step-work that has kept me progressing and moving into the person I am today. I have a deep foundation because of the twelve-steps. When I cycle back into my stuff it is the steps that catch me and provide the momentum to turn a lapse into a learning opportunity and a springboard to the next level.
After 29 years clean from cocaine, I still live one-day-at-a-time, but not because I risk meeting up with a drug dealer. I am addicted to the natural production of dopamine in my brain – something that is stimulated by simply over-thinking. It took me years of twelve-step groups to find enough faith in a higher power to let go of my own ego. That was just the beginning. Without daily efforts in recovery my ego threatens everything I have claimed and tries to convince me to let it take back control.
I am ever so grateful I listened to my first mentor, the woman who gave me only one option when I shared with her how powerless I was over others and how unmanageable my emotions had become. The option was attending a recovery group. I would not have chosen it if I hadn’t trusted her or if she had given me any other option. I don’t know where I would be today if I hadn’t listened. I would likely be in poverty, grappling for sanity, and living a life of hatred toward myself and others. Those three outcomes are very likely considering the path I was on, and mind you, this was after I got clean and sober. It wasn’t drugs and alcohol that would have taken my life from me, it was emotional instability, mental obsession, and my inability to accept what was.
The interesting thing about Emotions Anonymous is that at the root of every addiction and most mental illnesses are these invisible, yet overpowering factors called emotions. They reside within our very nature, our neuro-chemical networks and our behavioral patterns. Emotions cause relapse in those who have been successfully sober. Emotions cause conflict in relationships leading to divorce. Emotions create monsters out of normally good mommies and daddies. Emotions have the potential to destroy us financially. I could go on and on.
At one time I was impressed by how many various twelve-step groups were available: Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous, Debtors Anonymous, Codependents Anonymous, not to mention Alcoholics Anonymous of course. But in the end, all of those addictions have one thing common at their core: emotions. If we all had one group – only one option – Emotions Anonymous (EA) would be enough.
If you live in or near Cache Valley, please attend our live groups on Tuesdays at noon – Century Square 95 W. 100 S. Suite 387 in Logan, UT. If you are not able to attend live sessions, check out the website here: http://emotionsanonymous.org/