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Chips

Many meetings offer "chips" to celebrate a member's time adhering to his or her Sexual Recovery Plan or time in program. The International Service Organization does not have an official chip supplier; we provide this information in the interest of carrying the message.

  • New York Intergroup sells "an original, clean and elegant chip" including a Starter Kit and reorders from its chips page. To get further information, write to chips@scany.org.

    Chips are usually given out sometime during the break where SCA announcements are made. The person who has been elected as the trusted servant for giving out chips may lead this time by saying:

    At this meeting we use chips to celebrate periods of continuous sexual sobriety (or time in program, depending on the local group conscience). We would like to celebrate those periods with you. Is there anyone who has 30 days or more to celebrate? (If someone raises their hand, the "chip person" would ask them for which period they are celebrating and then go over to them, give them the appropriate chip and also a hug)

    Is anyone counting days? (there are usually no chips given for counting days, but the group will applaud to acknowledge the person).

    Finally, we also offer the white chip, or the Surrender Chip, to anyone who is willing to surrender themselves to a new way of life. (Again, the "chip person" would go to anyone raising their hand, giving them a chip and a hug.)

    Other Resources to Obtain Chips

    Some other intergroups have established their own sources for chips. The information on the following businesses is provided by the intergroups specified. Under our Sixth Tradition we do not endorse or lend the SCA name to these outside enterprises.

    • Serenity Shop (information provided by the San Diego Intergroup)
      http://serenityshopsandiego.com/
      They have chips for newcomers, 30 days, 90 days, 1 year and more.
    • Trinity Recovery Chips (information provided by the Los Angeles Intergroup)
      c/o Mrs. Lynette Hartnett
      39658 Country Club Drive
      Palmdale, California 93551
      (661) 319-9056

    Additionally, you might want to check a 12 Step store in your city. Many times these stores will have different types of chips for different kinds of fellowship. Ask for chips that are "generic", that is, chips that do not designate any particular fellowship. Usually, these chips will have the Serenity Prayer on the back of the chip.