Understanding Sobriety Tokens

Sobriety Tokens, also known as AA Chips are round, small shaped tokens given out to the members of a 12 step program. This includes Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other types of sobriety groups. Sobriety tokens are commonly used to mark the great achievements of people who are in sobriety and recovery. Getting a sobriety token is very gratifying to the person in recovery. These tokens help keep a person motivated during their recovering lifestyle. If you or a loved one is in the process of trying to get sober or in recovery, understanding sobriety tokens could help you through this time of your life.

A Quick History about Sobriety Tokens

Many people believe sobriety tokens were first used in Indianapolis around 1942. In Maine, the Portland Group recorded using colored poker chips to mark people’s sobriety around 1942, as well. After the Portland Group began using these types of tokens, many other 12 step groups followed suit by implementing sobriety tokens into their programs. It is often said that sobriety tokens followed the model of challenge coins by marking milestones of accomplishments.

Importance of Sobriety Tokens in Recovery

The main reason for using sobriety tokens is to help a person stay motivated when they are in recovery and as they live a sober lifestyle. These tokens remind the recovering addict of struggles they have overcome and of success they have achieved. While these tokens have the same overall meaning, if you are the one receiving them, they could have a special meaning to you. For example, the white sobriety token means 24 hours or 1 day. This token is given on the first day. It also meant to give the person hope for continued success during their sober and recovering journey. The white sobriety token also is given to people who relapse. It signifies their first day back to sobriety.

Sobriety Tokens – Colors and Meanings

Sobriety Tokens are given out to mark a milestone for a person who is on the road to recovery and sobriety. A person could expect to receive these tokens when they enter into an alcohol treatment program.

  • Red – 1 month

  • Gold – 2 months

  • Emerald Green – 3 Months

  • Gold – 4 months

  • Red – 5 months

  • Blue or Dark Blue – 6 months

If you or a loved one have taken the first step to sobriety, you are on the right track. When joining a 12 step program, you can expect to receive these tokens during your recovery journey. If you haven’t taken the first step yet because you feel alone, please know there are people who want to help. You can get more information about joining a 12 step program by calling the rehab center. The addiction recovery specialists, nurses, doctors, and other staff members in the rehab center are ready to help you. Choose to get addiction rehab help today, so you can step into recovery and start your sobriety journey.


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