Relapse Prevention

At Quest Collegiate  and Recovery Centres we recognize that relapse can be part of recovery.   Relapse is a normal part of recovery;  students are safe in admitting a slip.   Addressing relapse through recovery plan reviews, parent/administrator meetings, student counselling, root cause analysis, and re-tooling of the student’s recovery plan to meet changing circumstances head on are critical.   QCRC staff is trained to recognize the signs of relapse in our students.  Warning signs are continually monitored and include:

Behavioural Signs
  • Absenteeism
  • Tardiness
  • Unusual mood changes
  • Abrupt temper outbursts
  •  Aggression
  • Lack of effort in the classroom
  • Lack of respect for teachers and/or peers
  • Changes in temperament
  • Lack of interest/unresponsiveness
Physical Signs
  • Deterioration in personal appearance
  • Low energy
  • Depressed or anxious behaviors
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in daily routine
  • Lack of communication
  • No eye contact


Random drug testing is a requirement at QCRC as part of relapse prevention.  Honesty is the best policy; students whose relapse is detected through screening and monitoring activities may be required to submit to additional testing to better monitor abstinence over time.    Repeated relapse will indicate a need for residential or inpatient treatment.  Students who are admitted or re-admitted to treatment programs can continue to work toward high school credits coordinated through QCRC for students and families who choose to maintain enrollment.