LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney Cathy Lee Brackin | Nov 8, 2011

Why do Drug Addicts and Alcoholics Get Social Security Disability?

WHY DO DRUG ADDICTS AND ALCOHOLICS GET DISABILITY BENEFITS?

No one is getting SS disability or SSI for their drug addiction or alcoholism. They need to have some other disabling condition. If drug addiction or alcoholism are found to be a contributing factor that's material to the finding of disability, then the claim will be denied. In other words, the claimant must show that if he stopped using drugs or alcohol, he would still be unable to work. I always tell my clients that the best way to prove this is to stay clean and sober from here on in. That way we can show what problems still remain during a period of sobriety.

Additional resources provided by the author

Rate this guide


Can’t find what you’re looking for?


Post a free question on our public forum.

Ask a Question

- or -

Search for lawyers by reviews and ratings.

Find a Lawyer