Recognizing and Responding to Intoxication and Withdrawal in Corrections

Recognizing and Responding to Intoxication and Withdrawal in Corrections 

It is no secret that substance use exists inside U.S. adult and juvenile custodial facilities. Drugs and alcohol are regularly smuggled as contraband into facilities. This exacerbates the numbers of individuals who experience intoxication and addiction, as well as withdrawal, when supplies to maintain the high are depleted.


This course will provide staff working in adult and juvenile custodial facilities with an overview of common intoxication and withdrawal symptoms associated with various drug types. The course also explores negative outcomes that can occur when intoxication and withdrawal symptoms are left unchecked.


Finally, general guidelines for responding to juveniles and adults experiencing intoxication or withdrawal are provided. It is important to note that correctional staff should always defer to their own facility’s policies and procedures for how to respond if it differs from what is covered in this course.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 1.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-IWCO
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Define intoxication and withdrawal.
Differentiate between the role of correctional staff and clinical staff in identifying and responding to individuals who are experiencing intoxication and withdrawal symptoms.
Identify at least 10 signs associated with alcohol and other drug intoxication and withdrawal.
List 3 negative outcomes of intoxication and withdrawal from drugs or alcohol for adults and juveniles.
Explain how to respond to individuals who are intoxicated or experiencing withdrawal symptoms.


Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Correctional Officer Role

A. Substance Use and Crime

B. Intoxication and Withdrawal Defined

C. Slipping Through the Cracks

D. Correctional Staff v. Clinical Staff Roles

E. Signs of Intoxication or Withdrawal

F. Staff Response to Intoxication and Withdrawal

G. Review

H. Summary

Section 3: Intoxication and Withdrawal from Alcohol and Drugs

A. Symptoms of Intoxication and Withdrawal

B. Cannabis

C. Stimulants

D. Hallucinogens

E. Inhalants

F. Sedatives

G. Opioids

H. Alcohol

I. Recognizing Symptoms Practice

J. Negative Outcomes of Intoxication and Withdrawal

K. Review

L. Summary

Section 4: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributors

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!

F. Exam

E. BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Dee K. Bell, PhD
Dr. Dee Bell is a clinical psychologist and consultant in the areas of Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice and Correctional Assessments. She retired as the Deputy Commissioner of Juvenile Justice at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Previously, she served for four years as the Administrator of the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University and the Director of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Prior to these positions, she has worked 30 + years in Community Corrections for Georgia and Florida State Government. Educated at Clemson University and Emory University, she has provided training in both state and national venues for many years and has authored and co-authored a number of articles on justice system issues and adult and juvenile justice curricula and restorative justice in communities and schools. Disclosure: Dee K. Bell, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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