Although many people may view an addiction to drugs or alcohol as a disability, the Social Security Administration does not recognize it as such. This means Social Security Disability benefits will not be paid to people whose only impairment is an addiction.
At Osterhout Berger Disability Law, our experience tells us many people who suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol may unfortunately have additional disabling medical conditions. After more than 20 years of practicing Social Security Disability law, we have handled over 30,000 cases, many of which involved securing SSD benefits for people who suffer from addictions and related disabling conditions.
To discuss your potential disability claim with an experienced attorney, please schedule a free confidential consultation by calling us at 412-794-8003 (locally in the Pittsburgh area) or toll free at 1-866-438-8773 (outside the Pittsburgh calling area).
Proving a need for SSD benefits can be tricky when substance abuse is involved, unless someone is clearly physically or mentally limited as a result. Having a history of drug or alcohol addiction will not prevent someone from being found disabled and eligible for benefits. The problem lies in continued or current use of controlled substances, particularly for those afflicted by mental illness. If, in a 30 day period of sobriety, there is documentation of continuing severe mental health problems or physical conditions, it is very possible to make an argument for disability benefits.
If you have suspect you have a disability in addition to a substance abuse problem, please seek out treatment, not only because it is a good approach for your life in general, but because it is a good strategy for your disability case.
To discuss your potential SSD claim or appeal, please schedule a free confidential consultation by calling us at412-794-8003 (locally in the Pittsburgh area) or toll free at 1-866-438-8773 (outside the Pittsburgh calling area). If you prefer, you can fill out our intake form