Posted on 23 Sep, 2016
Securing Social Security Disability as a smoker, drug users or inmate, is a sensitive subject. Even people who drink more often than most are hesitant to bring it up. Many smokers and regular alcohol users assume that due to their lifestyle, their benefits will be denied.
Many Social Security applicants smoke. Smoking will not necessarily disqualify you. However, suffering from a condition caused smoking – such as emphysema or COPD – can influence your chance of being accepted. The United States Social Security Administration may ask if you have taken steps to quit. Those who have quit, or who have cut back significantly, have a much better chance of receiving benefits.
The Social Security Administration used to approve alcoholics and drug users on a regular basis, citing that these beneficiaries had an “addiction”. To ensure applicants are not using these benefits to support their condition, the Social Security Administration now routinely denies benefits to those who have “any material involvement” with illegal or certain intoxicating substances. However, If an applicant is suffering from a condition that might be related to drugs or alcohol, such as liver disease, they may still be eligible for benefits.
Applicants are not generally eligible for benefits while in prison. That said, the Social Security Administration will not automatically deny a claim for an applicant in jail or prison. However, if the applicant applies for benefits over a period of time that is equal to their sentence, the claim might be denied. A conviction for certain crimes can also disqualify applicants from receiving benefits. For example, a drug dealer will likely be ineligible.
Gustad Law Group stands up for individuals with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Our objective is acquiring federal disability benefits from the Social Security Administration for you. If are looking for assistance appealing a denial or applying for SSDI and SSI, reach out to us today online or by calling at 206-533-2222.