5 Sobriety Symbols To Celebrate Your Sober Journey

What are sobriety symbols and why do we have them

Sobriety symbols are commonly used by…well let’s see….by who are living a life of sobriety, obviously!!

I love the idea of sobriety symbols, what they stand for, a visual display of what a person has achieved.

These symbols help remind us of the importance of being sober and are a great motivator to stay on track. They also give value in the achievement that we have made!

Symbols of sobriety have been used for generations, for personal us or maybe in a more outspoken manner

They can be found on clothing, accessories, and tattoos – however you choose to celebrate your style of sobriety really.

OK< they are not for everyone, but we all have our own rhyme and reason for doing things. Whatever the reason, if it works, why question it??!!!!

Now, to explore some of the visuals, symbols and items that people associate with sobriety.

Let’s look at 5 of the more common ones that are used worldwide

5 Popular Sobriety Symbols

#1 – The sobriety circle and triangle

The sobriety triangle is a well-known symbol for staying sober.

The first point of the triangle is being honest with oneself about one’s drinking.

The second point is being honest with others about one’s drinking.

The third point is being willing to admit when we are wrong and put our drinking in perspective.

The fourth point is maintaining healthy relationships with others while living sober.

Finally, the fifth and final point is continuing to learn and grow as an individual while living sober.

#2 – The Camel And Sobriety

The camel each day goes twice to its knees, It picks up it’s load with the greatest of ease, It walks through the day with it’s head held high, And stays for that day completely dry.

Dr Bob’s story of the AA Camel

Camels are known for their ability to go long periods of time without drinking water, which makes them a sobriety symbol. Camels are also known for being able to go without food for days at a time.

Because of these traits, camels have been used as symbols for abstinence throughout history.

#3 – Amethyst

Amethyst has been in the sober limelight as sobriety symbol since…well probably the beginning of time, or certainly since the beginning of a time when sobriety existed anyway!.

Amethyst is seen to be stone that is a representation of amazing and positive changes.


internal harmony and spiritual love, Amethyst is viewed by Indian traditionalists that it provides a person with clearer thinking and is also a protective element, it enhances clear thinking and is protective.


Amethyist are relatively inexpensive and available in pendants and other jewelleries, and are very much a commonplace in sober communities as a symbol that supports the ethos of an alcohol-free lifestyle.

#4The Lotus

Lotus is a popular flower because it symbolizes purity, tranquility and the attainment of enlightenment. The lotus flower is also known for its medicinal properties, including being used to treat heart diseases and mental health disorders.

the lotus is a popular sobriety symbol

Lotus is known as the symbol of sobriety. The flower has been associated with Buddhism and Hinduism for centuries and is often seen in religious paintings. In China, the lotus is considered a symbol of purity and happiness.

Lotus is the symbol of sobriety and purity. In many cultures, it is believed that the lotus flower can guide people back to a sense of balance and peace. The lotus flower is also known for its therapeutic properties, including being able to relieve pain, improve nerve function, and help with insomnia.

#5 Yin and Yang

Drinking can be considered as an escape from reality. It is a way to socialize and connect with others, but it can also be a way to cope with stress and problems in life.

For some people, alcohol is the only thing that helps them to relax and forget about their troubles. However, for others, alcohol can lead to addiction and negative consequences in their lives. Although there are many different types of alcoholism, one of the most common symbols associated with it is yin and yang.

Sobriety is often associated with the Yin and Yang symbol. The two opposing forces are always in balance, which is why they are seen as a representation of sobriety. In China, the symbol of yin and yang was used to represent the natural order of things. It was believed that everything had its place in the universe, and that nothing could be destroyed without consequences. This philosophy is still alive today in some cultures, where it is seen as important to maintain balance in life.


The journey to sobriety is often a very personal one, and with this we all have our own motivations, goals and ‘things’ that help us along the way. A sobriety symbol can be seen as an inspiration or motivation, a reminder of what we are doing it and why we are doing it.

As we go along the sober path, whatever it is that keeps you on your own path….embrace it.

The journey may seem hard at times, but the good far outweighs any struggles that you will encounter along the way. That is a promise.

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