Las Vegas Disability Benefits & Addictions
Can I receive benefits because of drug addiction or alcoholism?
It is a known fact that a drug addiction or alcoholism often impairs a person's ability to work, but the Social Security Administration will not allow disability benefits to be granted on the basis of the addiction alone. The regulations that outline benefits for addictions to drugs and alcohol were changed in the 1990's and addictions are no longer considered to be acceptable grounds to receive benefits. These cases can be extremely complicated, and disabled persons who have previously been abusers have a more difficult time in securing the benefits they need.
Untreated severe alcoholism or drug abuse can harm a person's ability to secure regular employment and stay employed. Social Security does not consider addiction and substance abuse disabling until the abuse causes other debilitating medical issues, such as schizophrenia or advanced sclerosis.
For this reason, it is important to understand the exact laws and regulations surrounding Social Security disability benefits in Nevada. Remember, you may be able to receive benefits for a physical or mental condition that was caused by a drug addiction. One of the most common questions asked during the application process is whether or not the person would still be disabled if they quit abusing the substances. This is especially hard to answer if the disabling condition is a mental disorder. For example, those suffering from extreme bipolar would not be able to hold full-time employment even if they stopped abusing drugs, and the same is true of alcoholics who have advanced sclerosis and damaged livers.
Medical Conditions Caused by Addictions
Social Security outlines the requirements for drug addiction in a section called Substance Addiction Disorders. In order to meet the requirements, one must have suffered changes in their physical health or behavior due to regular abuse of a drug, which can be any illegal or prescribed drug that affected the central nervous system.
There are also criteria that must be met to prove that you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Liver damage
- Mental disorders
- Peripheral neuropathies
For others, their drug and alcohol abuse may not have any impact on their medical condition. Whether or not you are currently addicted to drugs or alcohol, you will still have to qualify under the SSA's basic requirements in order to be eligible for benefits.
Ongoing Drug Addiction Cases
Have you been medically diagnosed with a drug addiction? The SSA cannot hold this against you during the de-termination process if a different mental or physical condition exist that is unrelated to drug abuse. While many people benefit from this policy, the SSA has the power to deny your claim if they discover that your condition will go away if you stop abusing drugs or alcohol. In most cases, applicants will undergo a drug/alcohol addiction (DAA) evaluation once they apply for benefits.
Here at Disability Action Advocates, we understand the impact that disability benefits will make on your future and we are committed to helping you recover this financial aid. We can help you gather the necessary medical evidence needed to win your claim, including psychiatric reports, names and addresses of your treating physicians, mental health status reports, and other information that supports your claim.
Contact our Las Vegas Social Security Disability lawyers today to learn more about how you can fight for the benefits you need and deserve.