Increasing Awareness and Understanding About Alcoholics Anonymous Coins
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. 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. 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.
Many AA members, especially newcomers, carry an AA chip with them, serving as a constant reminder of their promise and commitment to stay clean, free 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.
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. You may visit our website to know more about AA and AA medallions, coins, and chips.