AA sobriety chips signal an end and a beginning of sorts. It's the end of the chemically-dependent person. It's also the renewal of their hope.
But Alcoholics Anonymous ceremonies can be intimidating if you've never been to one. And they're especially intimidating when you're not used to public speaking and have to speak in honor of someone you love.
In the following article, we're going to make it easier for you. Here are five can't-miss words of encouragement for sobriety you can use when handing over the sobriety chips. Let's begin!
1. I Am Proud of Who You Are
It's easy to get entrenched in the glamor of alcohol with how effectively the industry has marketed itself. In fact, many people still don't know the dangers, even in the 21st Century!
The first positive thing you can say when handing over the sobriety token is to convey your sense of pride in the present. You want to emphasize you're proud of the man or woman they are today, not yesterday.
This acknowledges the metamorphosis. It also helps your loved one solidify that their dependency is no longer part of their world.
2. I Admire Your Strength
Help your loved one to see the tremendous grit and determination they had to have to reach this point. It's something they can remember should they ever be tempted to fall back on old habits.
And it does take a lot of strength. That's why, the CDC notes, you only see 8 percent of alcoholics seeking treatment each year.
3. I Am Here
Emphasize the point. You may be going your separate ways after the ceremony, but you will always be there for them if they need your help.
People who've completed the process can feel the pull of alcohol once more. And it's enormously beneficial for them to have an ally who'll be there to listen and devote time to their struggles when needed the most.
4. Keep It Up
Again, ceremonies represent the end of something—but they also represent transition. AA members need to know the story isn't over when they've completed the program.
They need to realize the struggle they're facing stays with them for the rest of their lives. They just have the tools and resources to overcome it now.
Some may consider this message not hopeful enough. We disagree. That's because it emphasizes to the person hearing the words how far they've come and what they're capable of doing.
5. Speak from the Heart
Here's where it can get tricky. Each person is unique and your experiences with them will be as well.
Honor the relationship you have with them by digging deeper and speaking from the heart. Use storytelling to your advantage so you can make closer connections to the audience.
Share how special they are to you, but don't be afraid to get raw and tackle the hard stuff head-on. It's a hard journey.
The more heart you show in your speech, the more it will leave an impact. And that impact can see your loved one through rough waters.
AA Sobriety Chips Are Worth Celebrating
Using any of the quotes above, or variations on them, will make handing your loved one their AA sobriety chips evermore special.
If you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism, make sure you check out our guide to picking an AA sponsor. Good luck on your journey!