Drug and alcohol addiction is very difficult to live with and overcome. Many people believe that if they have a substance abuse problem, there is little chance of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. However, in certain situations, you may still be able to receive SSDI in Boston regardless of drug or alcohol abuse.

Qualify For SSDI Despite Drug Or Alcohol Usage

The Social Security Act states that a person is ineligible to receive SSDI if drugs or alcohol cause the disability. However, if you have a disabling medical condition that prevents you from working that is not impacted by drugs or alcohol, you may be eligible to receive benefits. Here are three instances where you may qualify in spite of past or current drug or alcohol usage.

  • You no longer use drugs or alcohol. If drugs or alcohol caused your disability, but you have since stopped using drugs or alcohol, you may qualify for SSDI in Boston. For example, if your stomach no longer functions properly because of prolonged drinking, but you have stopped drinking alcohol, you may still receive benefits for any disabilities caused by the damage to your stomach.
  • Your drug or alcohol abuse does not impact your disability. The Social Security Administration may test to see if you are still drinking or using drugs. Your caseworker will then evaluate whether drug or alcohol abuse has added to your disability. If not, then you may still qualify to receive disability benefits.
  • You are in recovery for drug or alcohol abuse. When you are in recovery, it is important to document how your body reacts to sobriety. This will show that your drug or alcohol abuse did not—and does not—impact your disability. Social Security generally allows for a minimum period of 30 days of sobriety to determine the impact drugs or alcohol may have had on your disability.

Appeal Your SSDI Decision With Keefe Disability Law

Were you denied for Boston SSDI based on drug or alcohol usage? When filing your appeal, it is a good idea to seek the help of a skilled Boston SSDI lawyer. At Keefe Disability Law, we understand the reasons why people are denied, but we also may be able to find ways to overcome these issues.

Has drug or alcohol abuse caused you to be denied benefits? Learn how a Massachusetts SSDI lawyer at Keefe Disability Law may be able to help you get the benefits you need. Call us today at 888-904-6847 or 508-283-5500 to get started.

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John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer