Uses of AA Chips
There is a need to understand the context of an accomplishment to fully appreciate it. A good example is when you run and complete a marathon, and how someone who has never been in one reacts to that. Such is the situation with getting sober. Alcohol addiction is a major problem in the eyes of those who have ever been through it or affected by it. Any efforts towards recovery will, therefore, be highly praised and celebrated. An important marker of such occasions is the AA chip system.
AA chips are tokens that are used to mark the time one has been sober. They come decorated with other meaningful symbols. Those will have the AA circle and triangle icon, on which you can recognize the lessons learned as you embark on that recovery process. They also have the serenity prayer on the back, which is a great motivator.
The chips will motivate you, as well as anchor you in the process. You will remember how far you have come, to help you avoid anything that could take you back to square one.
When you begin using the AA chip system, there will be certain steps to follow. There is, for instance, the one day chip. It is usually an important occasion, as it marks the hardest part of beginning the process. The commitment it signifies means you will treasure that chip. It celebrates your first 24 hours sober. You are given the chip once the 24 hours are over. Expect a white chip, to signify a fresh start.
You will then move to a chip each month you are sober after that. You will see the color-coded, with 30-day chips as red, 60-day chips as old, and 90-day chips as green. Some AA groups tend to change those colors. You should aim to collect these chips till you reach the milestone of one year sober.
Once you are sober an entire year, you will receive the one-year chip, normally bronze in color. Expect also others for the years you are sober thereafter.
When you look at how effective it is, you will understand why other forms of addiction recovery programs have adopted it. You may also find other people modifying the system to suit their specific needs. If for example, you are also battling weight loss at the same time, you can combine those achievements with the same chips.
Once you have decided to no longer suffer through alcohol addiction; you need to stick to that decision. Do not think it will be something you easily manage. There is a need to keep reminding yourself of why you thought of making that effort. The AA system is there to support your journey.