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COSTLY MISTAKES: Illegal Drugs and Alcohol Use

Those seeking their benefits with the Social Security Administration who use illegal drugs and/or abuse alcohol risk losing their entitlement to those benefits. Social Security laws can prevent you from receiving your benefits if alcohol or drug use is a major factor causing your disability.

Federal laws have changed. Drug addiction and alcoholism are no longer considered disabilities that may be compensated for with Social Security Benefits. Proving that your drug and alcohol use is not a material cause of your disability is very difficult. If you are not able to prove that you would still be disabled without using drugs or alcohol, then you will not be entitled to benefits. Although it is possible to prove disability even when there is on-going use of drugs or alcohol, the use of such substances harms the credibility of your claim.

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