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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. 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. 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.

AA chips are carried by AA members, especially newcomers, which serve as reminder about their promise and commitment to stay free, clean or sober. A “desire chip” is usually handed to a newcomer, that signifies 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. AA sobriety coins are also given to 12 step group members which 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 don’t really have any official AA chip, medallion or coin, nor any logo has been approved or granted for these items.

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.