SSDI Benefits for Drug Addiction
When we’re addicted to drugs, life becomes unmanageable. Sometimes, it gets to the point that knowing where we’re going to sleep or get our next meal is a challenge, let alone worrying about holding down a job and making money.
With the movement towards addiction as a brain disease, more resources are becoming available to help those with drug and alcohol addiction. For some, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may even be an option.
SSDI Basic Eligibility
Regardless of drug addiction, there are certain basic eligibility requirements that every person who applies for SSDI must meet. If the below requirements aren’t met, the SSDI application is automatically denied.
- Earn less than $1130 a month from employment
- Disability condition is expected to last for at least 12 months
- The condition must have a severe impact on the individual’s ability to work
When the above conditions are meant, the application process moves on to qualifying conditions.
Addiction Alone Is Not a Disability
While the Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that drug and alcohol addiction impact an individual’s ability to find and maintain employment, addiction alone is not a qualifying condition for SSDI. Yet, if there are mental or physical conditions that have been caused by addiction that complicate holding down a job, you may still qualify for Disability.
According to the SSA’s disability listing of substance abuse disorders, an individual may qualify for SSDI if he or she suffered changes to behavioral, mental, or physical health due to the regular abuse of drugs or alcohol. It continues by listing the typically conditions which qualify.
- Organic mental disorder
- Liver damage
- Peripheral neuropathies
- Personality disorders
If the condition would go away if the drug or alcohol abuse stopped, then it doesn’t qualify as a disability and the application will again be denied.
SSDI Approval for Addicts
If the application is approved and SSDI is awarded, there may be a few precautions required by the SSA if they believe you are still abusing drugs or alcohol. The SSA may require addiction treatment or a representative payee. This payee would manage the individual’s money on his or her behalf, paying bills and allotting appropriate funds when needed.