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27 Feb 2017, 4:04pm
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Sobriety coins

sobriety coin is a token given to Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12 step group members representing the amount of time the member has remained sober.

When a twelve-step member is presented with his or her first chip, they are often told, “This chip represents AA’s commitment to you – not your commitment to us”. Sobriety coins themselves do not necessarily help the holder stay sober, but studies have shown a connection between the visual presence of the coin and the holder’s self-resolve. The coins are meant to motivate the holder to continue their abstention from the subject of their addiction.