History of The AA Tokens.
The alcoholics’ anonymous sobriety tokens or rather AA tokens, are mostly provided for given durations of sobriety with a serenity prayer at the back of the token. Mostly, a green token happens to be given for six months of sobriety whereas a purple chip is given for nine months of sobriety. The chip is usually given to anonymous of alcoholic while in some cases group members of the twelve steps based on the length of time the member has been sober. The medallion traditionally assumes a poker chip size representing the duration of time of sobriety achieved and it is a reward to the individuals in the program for alcohol abstinence. In some other programs which include the twelve steps, the medallion is normally given to individuals to symbolize the duration of time they have abstained from their various additions. Actually there has not been anyone official AA token, the chips happen to be utilized in AA culture though they have no conference approval and also there has been no grant of the AA logo to be used in the medallion. The sobriety chips were not used by the alcoholic anonymous as the first organization as the medallions were also given to alcoholics who swore to quit drinking by the temperance societies. This was done to monitor the time of the individual’s sobriety.
The tokens were as well utilized by a certain nun in Akron in an effort to help alcoholic anonymous early members who were expected to return the sacred heart token before an attempt to have their first drink. Meanwhile, it remains unknown how these chips came to be although there is a strong belief that the chips have their origin from Indianapolis in 1942.
Again the Portland group happened to add to the practice through assumption of a certain tradition, where they used poker chips containing color to represent a person’s length of sobriety. This given culture of more sections of the AA continuing to join the sobriety token system made private companies use the opportunity to initiate manufacture of the chips which they availed to different sections alongside the AA for sale. Again, as much as these sobriety tokens in themselves do not basically help the given individuals remain sober, their physical appearance in these peoples’ lives has been seen to have a connection with the bearers self-resolution. Meanwhile the medallions are particularly used to encourage the holders to continue abstaining from their addictions.
About the AA, it is majorly a group comprising of men and women joined together to share their strength, hope, and experiences with the aim to resolve their problem and as well get alcoholic recovery. In most cases, the groups use a specific color of the medallion depending on the length of time a given member has stayed sober.