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All About Alcoholics Anonymous Coins, Chips and Tokens

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) aims to help individual alcoholics in achieving personal recovery and sobriety, and developing the policy of cooperation with other organizations greatly concerned with alcoholism problems. 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. 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.

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. 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 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. You may visit our website to know more about AA and AA medallions, coins, and chips.