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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. Although its members can participate in these types of activities, Alcoholic Anonymous does not engage in the fields of alcoholism medical or psychiatric treatment, research, and education, or either advocacy in any form. 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.

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. Small AA medallions are given or bought by member to commemorate the varying length of time that a person has been sober, 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. 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 size of an AA medallion is usually 33mm to 34mm similar to a poker chip, marking the sobriety time an individual has achieved for alcohol abstinence while on under the 12 step 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 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 medallions, coins, and chips may come in metals such as silver, copper, bronze and gold. Feel free to view our website for more information about AA medallions, coins and chips.