You know what I accomplished in my first year of sobriety? The goal of getting sober is to get sober, and there is plenty of time later on to date, change careers, go back to school, etc.Speaking of rock bottom, early recovery is NOT the opportune time to start prepping for marathon, or look for a new job or spouse, or move across the country.You know – the whole “stayed for my thinking” thing, also known as the massive tidal wave of new and unexpected feelings, coupled with the non-stop obsessive, negative thinking.The worst part of all this, in my opinion, was the surprise factor.
Whether you know it or not, that itch is just a fun combo of feelings all alcoholics and addicts experience: restlessness, irritability, and discontentment.
There is no official AA medallion or chip; they are used in AA culture but not officially Conference Approved, and the AA logo has not been granted for use on medallions. It is believed to have originated in 1942 in Indianapolis. It is believed that the company that made the modern chip as we know it today occurred in Minneapolis in 1965.
Alcoholics Anonymous was not the first organization to use sobriety chips: other temperance societies gave medallions to those who swore to stop drinking/using and to track the duration of their sobriety. Bob and the Good Old Timers, the history book for Alcoholics Anonymous, discusses the work of Sister Ignatia in Akron, a nun who was devoted to assist early members of A. and was known for passing out coins to these members. George medals as well.” The actual history of how the A. The man who began the Alcoholics Anonymous section in Indianapolis, Doherty S., is thought to have started the sobriety coin tradition within this section of A. When a twelve-step member is presented with his or her first chip, they are often told, "This chip represents AA's commitment to you - not your commitment to us". The celebration of birthdays came from the Oxford group where they celebrated the anniversary of their spiritual rebirth, in Alcoholics Anonymous people choose the anniversary of the date of their last drink.
That’s especially bad news for us since we’ve spent our lives avoiding feelings.
The best thing you can do – until you’ve established your sobriety – is to limit the amount of feeling you do.