Alcoholics thrown into jail for public intoxication, dwi’s, and other alcoholic related convictions may not be getting the proper care that comes with alcoholic addictions and this could have deadly consequences.
An alcoholic with an alcoholic conviction may not receive jail time but get years of probation. During probation the alcoholic may be drug tested and if tested positive for alcohol may receive a few days in jail, its probably going to be a holding cell, a month of jail, three months in rehab or they may have to do their remaining time in jail. It all has to do with the probation officer’s decision since they are the one that usually chooses random drug testing or should they make the decision to drug test every time. It also depends on the conditions of the probation. There may be other consequences of breaking probation conditions when an alcoholic tests positive depending on the state.
But should alcoholics on probation for an alcoholic related conviction be thrown into jail, if they have continued to drink, without proper monitoring and treatment that can result in alcoholic withdrawal, which can cause alcoholic seizures, heart arrhythmia’s and death from stopping drinking “cold turkey?”
It makes more sense to place an addicted alcoholic in a rehab facility than to put them in a holding cell or jail if they test positive in a drug test during probation.
One-reason probation officers may place the alcoholic in a holding cell or jail for a brief period of time is to snap them into sobriety. They are warning and trying to scare the alcoholic into a sobering reality that if they don’t stop drinking they are going to jail for a much longer time. It’s also a way of giving the alcoholic a second chance.
When the alcoholic finds himself or herself in a holding cell or jail they can easily get overlooked when their health is seriously compromised. An example of this is where the alcoholic is brought in drunk and passes out on the floor. If the alcoholic isn’t given a second look and is blown off as being drunk and is just left there for hours without being checked out all sorts of things could happen. They could have died from a heart arrhythmia, were choked by vomit, had a seizure or are on the verge of death from malnutrition or anorexia.
Any time someone routinely drinks excessively and suddenly stops, drying out while in the holding cell or jail, they are at risk of serious alcoholic withdrawals.
However, alcoholics who find themselves in a holding cell or jail when they are monitored for withdrawals and complications may find themselves released into the care of a hospital something they would never do on their on. With proper care and monitoring, jail time could be a blessing for the alcoholic at least temporarily. In some holding cells and jails the alcoholic will be given pills to fight the shakes that come with withdrawals. The time could help them to sober up and stay sober when they are released.Alcoholics on probation may be placed in jail briefly to snap them into sobriety.Alcoholics passed out may get overlooked when their health is seriously compromised.Alcoholics may be released into a hospital or given pills to help with the shakes.One sign of withdrawal or malnutrition is where the alcoholic stays out of it when they should have sobered up.