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- September 12, 2013 at 4:14 am#30952AnonymousInactive
I have another birthday coming up this month and I have a stack of chips that seem to be just sitting there. The only chip that has any value is the latest one.
I thought about returning them to save the group a few bucks. The group has hundreds of them and plenty of money.
I thought about putting them in a scrapbook with a description of what was happening in my life as well as my sobriety at the time. Mostly they sit on the windowsill in my kitchen and collect dust. I would like to give them some sort of useful purpose whether it be useful to myself or of some help to others. What do you guys do?September 12, 2013 at 4:17 am#160245AnonymousInactive
I threw them all out because for me, it sets me up to relapse.September 12, 2013 at 4:28 am#160277AnonymousInactive
I wasn’t expecting that answer. Why is that?September 12, 2013 at 4:41 am#160267AnonymousInactive
I have always given mine to friends who have celebrated that particular milestone. I have always believed that we get more in AA when we give it away. I have always encouraged those to whom I gave the chip to do the same when they see someone reach that same length of sober life.
One side note is that sometimes when I have passed on a “recycled chip” the individual and I have talked about what this point in sobriety was like for me. It promotes the sharing of a common journey that I think AA is all about, at least for me.
JonSeptember 12, 2013 at 4:47 am#160269AnonymousInactive
I have so many chips that I could start my own group! No kidding! I keep them in a coffee can. If a new group springs up and is struggling…I can pass them on…..only ones I would pass on are the desire chips. My yearly medallions are what I truly value.September 12, 2013 at 4:52 am#160271AnonymousInactive
I am only 7 3/4 months sober (who’s counting right?) I have my desire chip, 30 day, 60 day, 90 day and 6 month chip on my keychain. I had a hole put thru them. And I can’t wait to get the 9 month chip to add to my collection. I am still new at this and love to see the chips. Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth. Have a good one:doggy:September 12, 2013 at 4:55 am#160270AnonymousInactive
Congrats Tanya!!!! One day is a miracle and that’s all any of us REALLY have huh?September 12, 2013 at 5:04 am#160246AnonymousInactive
The reason why pinkcuda is because I have like ten 30 day chips, a bunch of 3 and 6 months and a few 9 month chips. lol I don’t count sobriety days anymore because it’s not that important. I no longer let AA/NA judge whether or not I’ve been good or bad. I know, I know it helps many of you stay sober and that’s great. However, for me (and some others I’ve talked to) it is hurtful and shameful.September 12, 2013 at 5:23 am#160240AnonymousInactive
I have chips for every month of that first year, 1 year, 18 month, 2 year and now 3 year. This topic actually just came up in our group conscience meeting a while back and a chip donation drive was suggested but so far nothing has happened.
I like the idea of passing it along to someone else and sharing where you were at at that point or perhaps passing them along to a sponsee. I haven’t had much luck at the sponsoring thing yet so I don’t know if I’ll ever get that chance to pass my chips along to a sponsee but I think it would be cool.
Currently my first years worth of chips are sitting in a cup in my room. My 9 mo, 1 yr, 18mo, 2 yr, 3yr and desire chip are in my purse. Not sure why.
KellyeSeptember 12, 2013 at 5:39 am#160278AnonymousInactive
Sorry to hear that tiburon88. My 6 month chip is a keeper. There is a man in our group that had about a month more than I did. In our box of chips there were several cheap aluminium chips and 1 shiney brass 6 month chip. That person relapsed in his fifth month. I now have his shiney brass chip,and he knows it. He hasn’t relapsed since and I haven’t either. That 6 month chip is the only one I want. It has special value to me as well as him. We have been friends now for years. Every now and then I let him see it and hold onto it. He says if I relapse, he will too. That way he can fanagle a way to get that chip.
There’s also a chip in that box with my name on it. It’s a 47 year chip that destined to go to Bob. Bob died on us about 6 monyhs shy and the chip is still there waiting for someone in the group. We know that none of us are going to live that long, but we still joke about it.
For some these are just stupid little tokens of something that normal people take for granted. For some it is a major acomplishment. I have fun with them. Reminding me not to take this sobriety Sh##t too seriously. Once you take something too serious, it’s no longer enjoyable. If it’s not enjoyable, it’s just not worth it. Larrys 6 month chip keeps me smiling.September 12, 2013 at 5:50 am#160247AnonymousInactive
I see how it helps many people pinkcuda but for those who struggle to maintain sobriety and “go back out” frequently it becomes almost like a sick joke. I just view it as one aspect of the dark side of AA.September 12, 2013 at 6:08 am#160279AnonymousInactive
AA is really sketchy and vague when it comes to how to stay off the booze. They tell all sorts of stories of why you should and what the benefits are. But “How” is a little rougher. I spent a long time sitting on my hands wishing for an easier way, but I didn’t find one. I had the support and I had the friends. Unfortunatley, I had the desire to drink too. It get’s easier as time goes on. Hang in there, I’m rooting for you!September 12, 2013 at 6:13 am#160266AnonymousInactive
I’m really sorry that it seems like you had a bad experience with AA. That sucks. I’ve found nothing but acceptance in the rooms.
KarenSeptember 12, 2013 at 8:03 am#160274AnonymousInactive
AA is really sketchy and vague when it comes to how to stay off the booze. They tell all sorts of stories of why you should and what the benefits are. But “How” is a little rougher.
My experience with A.A. was totally different than yours. I found the how in the first 164 pages of the book. I followed the suggestions, went to 90 meetings in 90 days, got a sponsor, listened to the similarities, got a home group, and found a support group. I guess I am fortunate that I did not attend the meetings you did. Hope you are having a better experience with A.A. this time.September 12, 2013 at 8:07 am#160275AnonymousInactive
I keep my current one handy. I put it in my pocket when I am having a rough time. It helps me keep hope and faith that things will change if I just give it time.
The others, I have given some back to my home group, some I have passed on to friends, and I have given each of my children one.
I have kept my 24 hour chip as I find it the most important one. I keep it on my desk. By keeping it I am reminded that I only have to work on today, I can not change the past, and the future is something that I may not live to see.
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