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. A green token is normally given for six months whereas a purple is given for nine months of sobriety. The token is usually given to anonymous of alcoholic or in some cases group members in twelve steps depending on the duration of time each 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. Other twelve steps program give it to represent the duration of time an individual has abstained from the addictions they are staying away from. Unfortunately, there is no anyone official AA token, the chips are usually utilized in AA culture even without conference approval and without any grant of the AA logo used in the chips. Again the sobriety chips were not used by the alcoholic anonymous as the first organization, they were also given to alcoholics who swore to discontinue drinking by the temperance societies. This was done to monitor the time of the individual’s sobriety.
The medallions were also utilized by a given nun from Akron in her effort to help out alcoholic anonymous early members who were asked to return the sacred heart medallion before commencing on 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 particular practice of more sections of the AA groups continuing to join the sobriety custom made private companies utilize the opportunity to begin the manufacture of the tokens then make them available for sale to different AA sections beside the AA. And as much as the sobriety tokens do not essentially help individuals themselves remain sober, the physical appearance of these chips 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.
Regarding alcoholic anonymous, the group is actually a union involving men and women joined to share their strength, hope and experiences with an aim to resolve their problem as they also help each other 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.