How can you celebrate your recovery milestones?
AA members often celebrate the anniversary of their last drink. In some meetings these celebrations are called birthdays. In other meetings they are called anniversaries. Either way, this celebration can help you recall the very important day that really is a rebirth into your new life in recovery.
Historically, many people in AA have carried personal mementos to remind themselves of the importance of sobriety. Medallions have been found that date back into the mid-1940s, if not before, with markings representing up to forty-six years of sobriety for some early AA members. Sister Ignatia, the nurse who helped Dr. Bob work with alcoholics at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, gave medallions to patients upon release. The medallion signified a commitment to God, to AA, and to recovery. Sister Ignatia gave the medallions with one stipulation: if the recovering person was going to drink, he or she was required to return the medallion to her before taking that first sip.
You may want to use a medallion to celebrate the very important day that marks the start of your life in recovery. As you progress in ongoing recovery, medallions can be used to commemorate the number of years you have been clean and sober.