Why use our Twelve Step program for emotional problems?
Therapy is great for some of the same work we do in EA, but it is lonely process. There is something very empowering and unifying about witnessing others ahead of us on the healing path, and in reaching out to others in a non-professional capacity. One of our program tenets is, "You are not alone." Together we are indeed strong.
The way I, see it, our individual strength is in doing this work together, making it safe to learn how to let go of the defenses that have outlived their purpose and brought us to this bottom in our lives.
"Through Step On we begin to learn to accept our emotions as they are and not allow them to control our behavior. As we learn to accept our emotions, we are better able to manage our lives. We can make conscious choices in response to our emotions." This is what it means to be responsible for ourselves. Instead of "reacting and having our emotions manage us... we begin to take responsibility for our lives." We stop blaming people or situations that "may have influenced us in the past."
"At first, Step One may seem a step of despair, but we learn there is hope. Admitting our human limitations frees us from hiding our imperfections," and frees us up to look impartially at our situation, and to realize we'll do better if we don't go it alone.
From Emotions Anonymous (our Big Book) page 45-46.