Why Do They Pay Social Security Disability To Alcoholics And Drug Addicts

Jul 19, 2011 Comments Off on Why Do They Pay Social Security Disability To Alcoholics And Drug Addicts by

Question: Why do they pay Social Security disability to alcoholics and drug addicts.

Answer: Social Security doesn’t pay disability benefits to anyone because they are an alcoholic or a drug addict. The law says they can’t.

However, something like 20% of the adult population has an alcohol or drug problem. Do we want to deny disability benefits to someone dying of cancer because they drink too much? I would say no, go ahead and pay that person who is dying of cancer even if they drink too much. That’s also what the law says. We don’t give benefits to people because they are alcoholics or drug addicts but we don’t withhold it from them if they are disabled by other problems.

It isn’t always easy to tell how much of a person’s disability is due to, let’s say, mental illness, and how much is due to alcoholism or drug addiction. In those cases, Social Security has made the decision to pay these folks.

On the whole, there is a lot of prejudice against people who has alcohol or drug problems. That can make their Social Security disability cases harder to win.

Yes, it’s possible that you know someone whom you regard as a pathetic or disgusting alcoholic or drug addict who is getting Social Security disability but they are not getting those benefits because of their alcoholism or drug addiction but despite it.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.