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. 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. 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.

Alcoholics Anonymous members carry AA chips and medallions to remind themselves about their pledge and commitment to stay free, clean or sober. The first cheap handed to new members is referred to as a “desire chip”, signifying 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 AA medallion’ size is similar to a poker chip (33mm for standard), that marks the sobriety time a member achieved for abstaining from alcohol or drugs while in the 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 (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. Alcoholics Anonymous coins, medallions, and chips may come in metals such as copper, bronze, silver, aluminum, and gold. You may visit our website to know more about AA and AA medallions, coins, and chips.