Can SMART recovery work with AA membership - Page 2 - SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information
Go Back   SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information > Alcoholism Information > Secular 12 Step Recovery
Register Blogs FAQ Members List Calendar Arcade Mark Forums Read

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-30-2017, 07:31 AM   #21 (permalink)

Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 106
I'm going to my first SMART meeting today. I appreciate hearing the differences between AA and SMART's philosophies. I credit adhering to AA's principles for helping me get sober and stay sober for a good while but I can't shake the feeling of needing something else in addition to here I go! Gotta keep growing.
AnonSara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2017, 04:41 PM   #22 (permalink)
12 Step Recovered Alcoholic
Gottalife's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Thailand
Posts: 5,807
The third tradition would apply. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. That's the short form, but it means that what you do outside of the fellowship has no bearing on your membership.

Any two alcoholics gathered together for the purpose of sobriety may call themselves an AA group provided, as such, they have no outside affiliation.

That part of the tradition, along with the fifth tradition, sets out the purpose of the group, as distinct from individual membership. Each group carries its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Thus the priest who is a member, does not give sermons in meetings, the academic does not lecture, the doctor does not diagnose, the architect does not talk about design, the therapist does not practice therapy, the religious enthusiast does not practice conversion, while participating in AA. Each group has but one primary purpose.

So I guess the guideline would be to remember which hat you are wearing at which meeting.

It is not change that is painful, it is the resistance to change
All BB quotes from 1st Edition.
Gottalife is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Gottalife For This Useful Post:
feeling-good (05-28-2017), Pagekeeper (04-07-2017), tomsteve (05-28-2017)
Old 05-28-2017, 11:26 AM   #23 (permalink)
dblightstream's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 46
thank you so much Bartender! great feedback!!!
dblightstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2017, 03:20 AM   #24 (permalink)

Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest
Posts: 278
I go to both, one aa a week and 2 smart. I go to aa just in case there are any interesting stories I hear and some of my friends go. I prefer smart but to be honest my main recovery method is just determination and self-confidence in staying sober at the minute (coming from within not without).
JamesfrmEngland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2017, 09:42 PM   #25 (permalink)

Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 18
I love SMART Recover and the clarity and intelligence it brings to recovery, its self management and responsibility focused, a lot of thought is in the program... I also attend AA occasionally as well...they both work well for me in different ways....SMART for the process...AA for the fellowship
swlnyc2017 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2017, 10:37 PM   #26 (permalink)

Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 66
Absolutely, take whatever helps from any source. AA and Smart is a good combination.
stephengb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 01:58 AM   #27 (permalink)
PhoenixJ's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Posts: 14,701
Blog Entries: 2
It does for me
PhoenixJ is online now   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing this Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:08 AM.