With the introduction of restrictions to help flatten the curve of COVID and to protect our residents from the multitude of health issues presented with it’s prevalence in vulnerable populations, many meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other recovery meetings transitioned from in-person meetings held in various meeting halls, churches, institutions, hospitals and board rooms across the world to online Zoom meetings, where the message of recovery could continue to be shared by attendees from far and wide.
While this enabled residents of our programs to continue to share their experience, strength, and hopes with others, building a support group with peers in recovery, one of the important pieces of meeting attendance became much harder. For years, both AA and NA have given tokens to celebrate milestones in recovery, whether it be a chip, or a keyfob. The importance of these tokens is far-reaching, showing newcomers to the programs, that recovery is possible, and allowing those taking a milestone an important reminder of how far they have come.
While access to online meetings grew, and allows members to access programs in any language or region, these tokens, or milestone reminders have become relatively inaccessible those in residential treatment facilities. Together We Can quickly saw the need to continue celebrating these milestones, and also make them accessible to those in SMART recovery, biopsychosocial, or holistic based-programs, and so the wooden chip was a natural choice to foster connection, celebration and mark those milestones of 30, 60, and 90 days of sobriety.
Every keyfob, chip, or milestone is something to cherish, share with friends and empowers everyone who sees it, and we’re happy to be able to continue to help each other celebrate!