One of the main deflection techniques of the Alcoholics Anonymous faithful is to try and deflect the topic to SMART Recovery saying that it is the same thing, just not as prevalent. That is actually not true. First off does SMART go into any jails or prisons and then deny that they are doing it looking for customers?
The second deflection tactic is that SMART Recovery does not have enough meetings to match the demand coming from the court systems, jails and prisons. This is of course very evident and it is because Alcoholics Anonymous has built this demand by supplying these services to the court systems and jails and prisons and denying they do it. Of course SMART Recovery can't keep up with the demand that Alcoholics Anonymous has made. An easy to understand analogy for this is "If you build it, they will come."
The third deflection tactic of the Alcoholics Anonymous faithful is that if people were mandated to SMART Recovery like Alcoholics Anonymous, they would both have the same problems. The only thing wrong with this is that SMART Recovery is really made for people who want to quit, and Alcoholics Anonymous is made for the most part for people who are mandated or "Interventioned" upon who don't really want to quit.
Lets get all of the deflection tactics out of the way...... they are getting very tiring.