Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. Merely getting an addicted loved one to agree to treatment and a program of recovery is rarely sufficient to end the cyclic nature of addiction. Essential to attaining long-term recovery is continued family and professional involvement through treatment and early recovery when relapse is so probable. Continuing care is designed to support families in bridging the gap between the addiction-driven life they have come to consider “the norm” and the unknown freedom of life in recovery.