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CAMEL MEDALLION

CAMEL MEDALLION

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The Camel Medallion represents the love and hope that accompanies each step of your 12-step journey: a beacon of encouragement that shines brightly, just like you. As you hold this coin in your hand, feel the weight of the your growth in recovery. The front is adorned with a laser-engraved camel, a symbol of endurance, navigating a star-studded sky. The year marked on the coin serves as a reminder of the progress you've made, the challenges you've conquered, and the love that surrounds you.

Turn the coin over, and find strength in the AA's powerful affirmation "We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness" – found on page 83 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. These words, etched into the coin, hold the promise of brighter tomorrows and the unwavering support of a community that stands by your side.

The camel coin is sized at 1 3/8" in diameter and the card is 2x2. 

EXPERIENCE, STRENGTH, & HOPE

The first sobriety anniversary medallion I ever received was an emerald green and gold chip from one of my home groups. The meeting was a book study, and I had been going almost every Tuesday for the entire year I had been sober. 

The alcoholics in that meeting, most of whom were old timers, had helped raise me over my first year sober. They had seen me take my newcomer chip, my 30 days, my 60 days, my 90 days, and my six month chip. They had seen me put my face in my hands and cry when I took my 9 month chip because I had never had that much time before, and I was so grateful that it hurt. And for my one year, they had all pitched in to get me a medallion to celebrate.

I remember holding onto that medallion so tightly I was scared I would break it. It symbolized hope for my future, gratitude for my present, and how hard I had worked to stay. It was evidence that this program worked and that my Higher Power was watching out for me. And it was a token of the relationships that I had formed over my first year, with people who had believed in me before I had believed in myself. That is what I want to share with you. 

This medallion is the perfect gift for another alcoholic or addict who has reached their first, or another, 365 days of continuous sobriety.

STORY

I went to my first 12-Step Recovery Store with my sponsor. We spent our afternoon perusing the shelves, flipping through the books, admiring the recovery themed jewelry, and chatting with the shop owner, Richard.

Richard noticed me admiring a wooden “God Box” on display. Months earlier, my sponsor had told me that when I was worried about something out of my control, I was to write it down and put it in a God Box, “giving” it to God. At that point, it was my responsibility to let go of it, and to trust that whatever problem I was obsessing over would turn out exactly the way it was meant to. Until that point, I had been using an old cardboard box I had decorated with paint for my little prayers.

The box I was holding in the store was hand carved and shaped like a camel. Richard asked if I knew the symbolism of the camel, and I awkwardly told him I did not. He shared with me that the camel is the unofficial mascot of AA. 

Camels go long periods of time with no drink, and get on their knees every morning and night as they stand up and lay down to go to sleep. He explained that we had to live the same way. I loved this lore, and made a mental note for myself to go back and buy the box when I had saved up more from my restaurant hostess job.

When we left the store, my sponsor pulled the God Box out of her purse and gifted it to me. She had purchased it when I was off looking at something else. I still use the box to this day, and reflect on the peace I felt that day, hanging out with my sponsor in such a special place.

P.S. The recovery store I mentioned above is called “Easy Does It Books and Gifts” and is located in Long Beach, CA. If you’re ever in the area, go check it out! They also have an online presence, linked here.

https://www.easydoesitbooksandgifts.com/

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