On Monday we discussed how a history of alcoholism and other substance addictions can negatively affect a person’s chances of qualifying for disability benefitsfrom the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is especially true for applicants who apply for benefits because of mental conditions.
A doctor can attest that many injuries or conditions that result in disabilities have no connection to a person’s alcohol or drug use. Applicants with psychological issues, however, may have a more difficult time proving that substance use is not connected to their disability. If the applicant uses alcohol or other substances, even in moderate amounts, it may be hard to obtain benefits for a disabling mental or emotional condition. Many psychologists and mental health professionals believe that any use of alcohol or other substances contributes to conditions like depression and anxiety.
Moderate use of alcohol does not mean that the SSA will automatically reject your application for benefits, but it is important to make the clearest, strongest case from the beginning. A Tulsa, Oklahoma Social Security disability attorney can help you gather the necessary materials and submit them to the SSA. If you have questions about applying for benefits or the application process, contact us online or by phone at (918) 587-0050 to learn more about your rights and options. We offer free consultations as well.