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Gold Chip Sobriety?
A member questions the role chips and coins play in the program
Sobriety coins and chips are not AA. Giving a chip or coin is becoming too big a tradition in AA meetings here in the Northeast and perhaps the rest of the country. I believe it is doing more harm than good. AA is a "one day at a time" program and always has been. I would venture to say that if you polled AA members and asked the question, "Are sobriety chips and coins part of the AA program?" most would say, "yes."
Most groups or individuals use the Fourth Tradition as a rationale for allowing them to dispense coins/chips. I say this practice does affect AA individuals and AA as a...
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