Individuals addicted to drugs or alcohol generally have a hard time managing daily life activities and can also be suffering from major health impairments. Alcoholism and chronic drug use are debilitating and can prevent a person from being able to perform the duties of their job or work at all. This may cause a person suffering from the woes of addiction to wonder about their ability to get Social Security Disability benefits if they can not sustain gainful employment. You aren’t going to be awarded Social Security Disability benefits for your addiction alone. Drug and alcohol use can lead to permanent physical and mental impairments or a person can have a disability that is recognized by the Social Security Administration that is independent of their addiction problem which could qualify for the aid.
Obtaining SSDI benefits is not easy, to begin with, but if you have an addiction issue it can be even harder to get those much-needed benefits. The good news is that getting disability benefits even if you have a substance abuse problem is not out of the question. The best way to determine if and how you can obtain SSDI benefits in Fort-Worth is to speak with a Plano SSDI attorney.
What Requirements Are Necessary to Get SSDI benefits in Texas When You Are an Addict?
Anyone who is unable to work due to an illness or physical deficit may be able to apply for and secure Denton SSDI benefits. Benefits will depend on if the SSA deems that the condition is disabling. The SSA considers disorders disabling when the following is true:
- The condition hampers the individual’s ability to work and earn a living.
- The condition will lead to death or has existed for at least one year.
The other way that the SSA can approve benefits is when you have a specific condition that is listed in the blue book. If you have a drug or alcohol problem, the SSA will review your case and determine if your addiction is what caused your affliction or is contributing to it. If the drug or alcohol use is deemed to be what is causing your sickness or physical condition, then you are not going to be approved for benefits. Specifically, if you stop using drugs or alcohol and that can lead to an improvement in your condition, you will not get SSDI. However, if your condition is independent of your substance abuse, then you may be able to secure benefits.
In situations where your alcohol or drug use resulted in you developing a condition that is so severe and incurable, then you could be a viable candidate for SSDI. The SSA is fastidious when they examine a claim and all paperwork must be done properly, all supporting documentation must be correctly submitted, and a claimant’s condition will be heavily scrutinized before benefits are approved.
Speak to a Plano SSDI Attorney Today
If you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you are already in a very pernicious situation. When you also have a disabling condition, you should not be hesitant to look into obtaining SSDI benefits. You may qualify for financial support and to learn more about how to proceed, contact Brad Thomas Law Office to schedule a free consultation at (972) 863-2367.