While the journey to recovery can begin in an instance, we know that it lasts for a lifetime. When taking such a journey through the 12 step recovery program and then moving forward with life, carrying a momento of the process and a dedication to continued success can often give one great strength. That is what the recovery medallions and AA sobriety coins or AA chips were originally given for.
Sister Ignatia gave out the first "AA medallions" when men were leaving their five day dry out and instructed them that the acceptance of such a medallion signified commitment to God, AA, and to recovery. Since then the traditions of AA chips, AA sobriety coins, and AA recovery medallions has varied from that of the onset of the journey, to celebrating ones recovery birthday, as well as remembering that you have Angels helping and watching you.
Today, the significance of the AA medallions, recovery medallions, and AA sobriety coins still stands strong and we encourage you to use that significance to strengthen your commitment and connection to the 12 step recover process.