Why SMART Recovery® Will Never Replace Alcoholics AnonymousBy Matthew Leichter 09/23/14Five reasons why SMART Recovery® will never push out AA as the main model of recovery, despite higher success rates.ShutterstockThere is a belief in SMART Recovery® that in about 20 years, they will become the primary model of recovery over Alcoholics Anonymous because their recovery rates are higher. While there are no studies directly comparing SMART Recovery® with Alcoholics Anonymous, there are studies comparing the SMART Recovery® techniques with those used in AA. SMART Recovery® employs evidence-based tools for recovery. That is to say, in their meetings, they discuss tools to recovery that have been proven to work over the course of several clinical studies. The primary tool in SMART Recovery® is Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, REBT, for short. This tool basically assists someone in changing their belief system about alcohol and/or drugs and it’s fairly effective, boasting a recovery rate anywhere between 35% and 50% over a one-year period, depending on the study.