All About Alcoholics Anonymous Coins, Chips and Tokens
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) aims to develop policy of cooperation with other organizations greatly concerned with alcoholism problems, helping individual alcoholics in achieving personal recovery and sobriety. Alcoholic anonymous does not engage in alcoholism medical or psychiatric treatment, research, and education, or advocacy in any form, but its members can freely participate in these types of activities. In AA, they have what is called as “sobriety date” which is the date when a person last had his last drink or used drugs or the date he cleaned up or sobered up from his last debauch. Handling out small AA medallions called “chips” are followed by some AA groups, marking the different anniversaries of AA, NA, and CA member’s sobriety dates.
AA chips are carried by AA members, especially newcomers, which serve as reminder about their promise and commitment to stay free, clean or sober. The first cheap handed to new members is referred to as a “desire chip”, signifying the desire of the recipient to stay clean and sober for the next twenty-four hours. To determine the length of years a person has been sober, small AA medallions are handed out and kept with varying lengths such as 1, 2 ,3, 6 and 9 months, years and multiple if years. AA traditions of medallions, chips and birthdays vary from one fellowship to another. A token usually given to Alcoholics Anonymous is a sobriety coin and other to other 12 step group members that represent the amount of time the member has remained sober. The AA medallion’ size is similar to a poker chip (33mm for standard), that marks the sobriety time a member achieved for abstaining from alcohol or drugs while in the program. Alcoholics Anonymous do no have any official AA medallion or chip nor any logo has been approved or granted for coins and medallions.
The thirteen basic coins given to AA members on their first year include the white chip (1 day or 24 hours known as desire chip), silver chip (30 days or 1 month), dark gold chip (60 days or 2 months), red chip (90 days or 3 months), yellow chip (6 months), green chip (9months) and blue chip (1 year). Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who are sharing their experiences, hope, and strength with each other in order to solve their common problems and help others to be able to recover from alcoholism. Other AA medallions, coins, and chips may come in metals such as silver, copper, bronze, aluminum and gold. Feel free to view our website for more information about AA medallions, coins and chips.