AA Explained, Moderation v. Abstinence, is Marijuana a Safe Alcohol Replacement? | Co-Host Justin Maziarz

Live Deep: Episode 20

Alcoholics Anonymous, or “AA,” has helped millions worldwide break free from the chains of alcohol addiction.  However, the one-size-fits-all program has alarmingly low long-term success rates while advocating for notorious rigidity around abstinence and spirituality.  

Why has Alcoholics Anonymous been so impactful over the years?  Is “AA” the best way to get, and stay, sober in 2024?  Is there a place for alcohol moderation in the life of a former abuser?  Is Marijuana a safe and effective substitute for alcohol for alcohol abusers? Host Jesse Carrajat and co-host Justin Maziarz unpack and answer these important questions on Episode 20 of the Live Deep podcast.  Don’t miss it!  Just one episode left in our #AprilAlcoholAwareness series.  


  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the 12-step program can be effective for some individuals in recovery from alcohol use disorder (AUD), but it may not be the right fit for everyone.
  • AA can provide accountability and a supportive community, but it can also be rigid and may not address the underlying reasons for addiction.
  • The medical model of recovery offers more flexibility and options, including medication and therapy, and focuses on individual needs and goals.
  • Self-exploration and finding the right support system are crucial for successful recovery from AUD.
  • There is no one-size-fits-all approach to addiction recovery, and individuals should explore different options to find what works best for them.
  • Addressing the root causes of addiction is essential for long-term recovery.
  • Moderation may work for some individuals, but it requires addressing underlying issues and having strong support systems.
  • Replacing alcohol with cannabis or other substances can lead to new addictions and should be approached with caution.
  • Self-reflection and seeking professional help are crucial in overcoming addiction.


  • 00:00 - Introduction and Overview
  • 18:05 - The Limitations and Rigidity of AA
  • 28:17 - The Importance of Accountability and Self-Exploration
  • 35:29 - Finding the Right Support System for Recovery
  • 52:32 - The Role of Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol
  • 59:12 - The Importance of Self-Reflection and Professional Help


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