Discovering The Truth About Coins

A An Overview of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a worldwide mutual aid group whose aim is to help alcoholics and former alcoholics attain or maintain sobriety. With over 2 million members today, AA began in 1935 through the efforts of Ohio-based Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith.

Together with other early members, Wilson and Smith built the 12-step program of the movement, which centered around spiritual and character development. In 1946, the duo introduced the movement’s Twelve Traditions. The Traditions call on all members to maintain anonymity and help everyone who intends to junk their drinking habit.

Additionally, the program recommends that members stay away from governing hierarchies, dogma and participation in public issues. Similar subsequent movements, such as Narcotics Anonymous, have adopted AA’s Twelve Traditions for their own purposes.

During this time, local chapters of AA began to pop up all over America and the world over. There are about 100,000 chapters across the U.S. and some 2,000,000 members the globe over. Grassroots efforts are also available for those with a drug and alcohol problem and who are keen on changing their lives.

Not requiring any fees or dues from members, groups merely rely on voluntary contributions for their funding. Anyone who wants to be part of the group is only required one thing: commitment to achieving and maintaining sobriety.

What a lot of people don’t know is that AA is a non-professional organization, which means there are no clinics, counselors, doctors or psychologists working on members’ cases. Each member is a former alcoholic, and they are all dependent on one another in their journey to recovery. There is also no central authority that dictates how these groups operate. Members themselves are the ones who decide what they do.

AA Tokens

While the journey to recovery can start in one moment, we know that it can last an entire lifetime. While members embark on their recovery and move on with their individual lives, they can help strengthen their resolve to avoid alcohol for life by keeping mementos of AA’s 12-step process. These mementos are more often referred to as AA recovery medallions or AA chips milestones. To put it simply, these items were intended to remind members that they have conquered alcoholism and have vowed to continue the conquest for the rest of their lives.

Although AA is non-religious, Sister Ignatia, a major Catholic figure, who first gave out AA recovery medallions to recovering alcoholics. She told them that accepting the medallion symbolized their commitment to God, the movement and their own recovery. That established the tradition of AA recovery medallions, coins, chips or whatever term was given the same meaning.