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
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 lawyer and representatives today
to learn more about how you can fight for the benefits you need and deserve.