Few visitors to this website haven’t heard of AA, but how about SMART? The two recovery programs have significant similarities…and differences. Here’s the scoop on each, so you can make an informed decision about your own recovery treatment process. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is “an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements.