Overview of Disability
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How long do cases take?
How to win Disability
SSD Mistakes to avoid
Disability for Mental
What if you get denied?
How to file Appeals
Disability through SSA
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Disability for Children
How do I qualify for it?
Working and Disability
Disability Award Notice
Disability Lawyer Q&A
Disability Conditions List
What is a disability?
Your Medical Evidence
Filing for your Disability
SSD SSI Definitions
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Does Social Security approve people for drug or alcohol abuse or use?
As to drug and alcohol use, Social Security uses a concept known as DAA materiality. Basically, the thinking goes like this: if a person who is abusing drugs or alcohol were to stop using those substances, would they still be so functionally impaired as to make them unable to work and earn a substantial and gainful income? If the answer is no, they would NOT be found to be disabled.
But, let's say, for example, that a person stopped drinking and their liver had been subjected to so much abuse over time that it was just too late. In that case, the alcohol abuse would NOT be material to the case because you just couldn't "walk back the damage". And that person might get approved. So, long story short, substance abuse doesn't get you approved necessarily. But in can potentially get you approved if the damage remains even if the alcohol or drug use stops.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Can you Receive Disability Benefits and have Assets, Investments, a Savings Account?
How many days do you have to file a disability appeal?
What are some Social Security Disability and SSI myths?
How to file for disability in Michigan
After you file disability forms
How are Are Social Security And Social Security Disability different?
Doing the next disability appeal
Filing for disability with MS, multiple Sclerosis
Questions asked at a social security disability or SSI hearing?
Social Security Disability denied
Disability denied twice
How many times will Social Security deny you?
How to file for disability in California
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
Filing for disability with scoliosis
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
What mental problems qualify for disability?
SSI disability status
How to prove you qualify for disability
Qualifying for disability eligibility requirements
How Does Social Security Decide If You Are Disabled
How much does disability pay?
Factors involved in Winning SSDI or SSI Claims
Applying for disability with Degenerative Disc Disease
How long to get a Social Security decision letter?
What Does Social Security Consider To Be a Disability?
The amount of back pay that you receive
Social Security medical disability determination process
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How long can you receive SSI or Social Security disability benefits?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How Long Does It Take To Get Disability Benefits When You First File?
Can you work if you get SSI disability?
Social Security Disability attorney fees
Am I eligible to receive disability benefits?
What are the non medical requirements for disability
How to get SSI
Approved for disability benefits
SSD SSI disability hearing decision