Study: My Understanding of Coins

All 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. 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. 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.

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 commemorate various sobriety 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. 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 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 don’t really have any official AA chip, medallion or coin, nor any logo has been approved or granted for these items.

Alcoholics Anonymous give its member 13 coins in total and each has a certain level to achieve sobriety which include the white chip (1 day or after 24 hours known as desire chip), silver chip (1 month), dark gold chip (2 months), red chip (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.