Early recovery can have many stressors and pitfalls. Even if someone is engaged in a structure aftercare program, they may need a more individualized focus on relapse prevention skills. Recovering people are also much more prone to addiction interaction disorder, engaging in a secondary compulsive behavior, such as gambling, work, shopping, sexual acting out, gaming, or other behavioral health issues. For example, at least 50% of those entering treatment for gambling addiction are recovering alcoholics and addicts. Devloping the right strategies and interventions can minimizing someones risk to relapse or addiction interaction disorder.
Like it or not, families are impacted by a loved one's behavioral health. When an addict accesses adequate treatment, the family may have no idea what to expect or how to be supportive. They may have there own issues of addiction, or unmanageability associated with their loved ones acting out. Family counseling can help with education on addiction, developing self care skills, accessing community resources, and generally easing transitions back into life, for both the addict and for family. Getting through
the hurt and anger usually requires some help.