I repetitively struggle with my emotions. I felt different as a child, a teen, and I feel peculiar as an adult. My conflict and emotional pain is real. Unfortunately, mental health stigma never ceases to exist. It exists within family, the general public, and even within mental health organizations.
social stigma is characterized by prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behaviour directed towards individuals with mental health problems as a result of the psychiatric label they have been given.
As an adult child of an alcoholic, I am familiar with the Alcoholic Anonymous’s 12-step recovery program. I attended many ‘open’ AA meetings and attended Alateen & Al-Anon meetings. I respect what 12-step programs offer, the peer support available, and the widespread amount of supportive fellowship accessible. I have never witnessed any other supportive environment in all my years of providing and receiving mental health support.
Ultimately, solid recovery based peer support is priceless.
My personal background within the 12-step cosmos, relating to alcohol addiction, along with my mental health career, knowledge, and personal struggles launched my research. To my astonishment, I unearthed the 12-step program of Emotions Anonymous.
EA believes in ‘take what you like, leave the rest” – you accept what works for you.
And that is precisely what I did.