Substance abuse is one of the most common reasons for the
initial denial of a social security claim. Fortunately, there is a way to
overcome that challenge and receive support for your disability. I often counsel my clients to quit their substance abuse and
seek rehabilitation immediately. Easier said than done, I know, but this tactic
works. After one year of rehabilitation and discontinued use, my clients can
appeal the initial denial and begin to receive aid.
In these cases, I also ask for the social security benefits that would have been paid to my clients for the year of their rehabilitation. The reason being that if the substance abuse was discontinued, and the underlying disability still prevented gainful employment, then my client would have been entitled to social security all along. I have seen this tactic change lives – not only the lives of my clients, but the lives of their families, their children, and their children’s children. Quitting is extremely difficult, but it is worth the effort. And it is possible when you ask for help.
If you think you have a substance abuse problem, or if you have been denied social security due to a history of alcoholism or drug abuse, then seek help at one of the recovery centers below. Many of these take Medicare/Medicaid and will help you find a bed for the beginning of the recovery process. They will also document your stay, which we can use to prove your discontinued use.
Family and Community Services Drug and alcohol rehab – (610) 626-5800
Sikora Center, Inc. Alcoholism Treatment – (856) 963-1312
Urban Treatment Associates Drug rehab – (856) 338-1811
Burlington Drug Abuse – (609) 726-7140