This is an extremely important step in helping the individual transition back into the community. Aftercare aims to prevent relapse and to help achieve ongoing recovery after leaving a treatment program. These programs are individualized and are formatted to the needs of the patient. The individuals progress is monitored while in treatment and the counselor will then outline a recommended plan of aftercare. Returning directly back to the community can be extremely difficult for those leaving a structured environment, aftercare can help to alleviate the stress normally associated with this step.