Let’s Talk 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” marks the different anniversaries of AA, NA, and CA member’s sobriety dates, and this is still being followed by some AA groups.
AA chips are carried by AA members, especially newcomers, which serve as reminder about their promise and commitment to stay free, clean or sober. New members of Alcoholics Anonymous are given a “desire chip”, which represents 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. There are different AA traditions in various AA groups and fellowships, such a giving out of medallions, chip system, anniversaries and birthdays. 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. AA medallions, chips and coins do not have a granted or approved logo neither Alcoholics Anonymous have any official AA medallion or chip.
There are thirteen basic coins in total given after a year of being an AA member for remaining sober, which 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 share similar set of experiences, hope and strength with each other in order to find solution to their common problems and help others to be able to recover from alcoholism. Alcoholics Anonymous coins, medallions, and chips may come in metals such as copper, bronze, silver, aluminum, and gold. You may visit our website to know more about AA and AA medallions, coins, and chips.