I've been in AA long enough to see too many people make the fatal mistake of thinking they could smoke pot or pop pills as long as they didn't drink. And I mean fatal. I was addicted to alcohol and Xanax. A couple months into AA I lost my craving for any mind-altering substances, now I'm downright terrified of drugs or booze, a much healthier way to live. Most oldtimers in AA will tell you the only way to live a life that is happy, joyous and free is to rid yourself booze and drugs. After 8 yrs in AA my wife and children agree.