There are a number of rituals in the rooms of AA, NA and OA. One of the most widely practiced is the coin ceremony. Whether you’re getting a coin after 30 days or 30 years there is cause for celebration. You have proven that one day at a time you can keep sober.
In the world outside of the program, an anniversary celebrating an important event is usually an opportunity to drink and drug or to overeat. Obviously we do not subscribe to these practices as we are of a different mindset. An anniversary is a celebration of abstinence from our substance of choice.
Sometimes we encounter people who are not in the program who don’t understand this. They will often ask us, “can’t you have just one? What could the harm be in having just one”? Experience has shown us that no, we cannot have just one. That “just one” sooner or later will result in total relapse. That’s why we advice people in the fellowship to see if their anniversary coin will dissolve in their mouth. That should be the only time they consider going out and using.
Personal Reflection: How do I maintain my sobriety?