At R Rehab, we work closely with medical professionals and qualified Social Security Disability attorneys and advocates to collect and present the appropriate documentation to support disability claims in front of the Disability Determination Services (DDS).
Although alcoholism and drug addiction are both disabilities under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), they are, in many aspects, treated much differently. An alcoholic is a person with a disability under the ADA, whereas someone who is addicted to drugs is protected under the ADA only if they are not currently using illegal drugs.
At this point in time it is not possible to receive Social Security Disability benefits based solely on Drug Addiction. It is a little more complicated than that, but we are here to help. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will not grant disability benefits to people with disabilities that have been caused or worsened by addiction as well. If Drug Addiction is deemed unrelated to your disability, it is possible that the SSA will allow you to collect disability. If, however, the SSA finds that your addiction creates or affects your disability, it will not grant your application for disability benefits.
For example, if you are addicted to alcohol and file for disability benefits as a result of having emphysema, the SSA will probably find that your alcohol addiction is unrelatedl to the condition of emphysema. In this circumstance, alcohol addiction will not, in and of itself, deter approval of a disability application. The application needs to meet the requirements for emphysema under the SSA guidelines for disability. In contrast, if you are addicted to cigarettes, the SSA will consider smoking responsible for emphysema. In tis scenario they will not grant your application, regardless of whether you meet all the criteria for an emphysema disability.
If you are not currently an active addict but you have a history of drug or alcohol addiction, it would be beneficial to utilize a Social Security Disability attorney to review your medical records prior to filing for disability, specifically if your disability is of a psychiatric nature. At R Rehab we are here to help you through this process to ensure you receive the benefits that you need.