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Let’s Talk About Alcoholics Anonymous Coins, Chips and Tokens

Alcoholics Anonymous or AA is helping individual alcoholics to achieve personal recovery and sobriety, developing the policy of cooperation with other organizations concerned with alcoholism problems. It does not engage in the fields of alcoholism medical or psychiatric treatment, research, and education, or either advocacy in any form, although its members can participate in these types of activities. Alcoholic anonymous is a fellowship with a set of principles and traditions, and each member has a “sobriety date” which is the last date when a person had his last drink or used drugs or the date he sobered up or cleaned up from his last debauch. Small AA medallions called “chips” are handled out and followed by some AA groups, to mark the various anniversaries of AA, NA, and CA member’s sobriety dates.

Alcoholics Anonymous members carry AA chips and medallions to remind themselves about their pledge 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. AA traditions of medallions, chips and birthdays vary from one fellowship to another. An AA sobriety coin is usually given to 12 step group members that represent the length of time an AA member has remained sober. The diameter of an AA medallion is usually 33mm to 34 mm, marking the time of sobriety an AA member has achieved for alcohol abstinence while on under the 12 step 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 (both men nd women) who are sharing the similar set of experiences, hope, and strength, solving their common problems and helping 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.

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