Drugs and Alcohol are the kiss of death in Social Security Disability cases.

If the Judge determines drug and alcohol abuse are contributing to keeping you from working, then you will be denied.

I have had people tell me that they know many people who were approved for Disability because of drug and alcohol abuse.

That is not true.

Many years ago the Social Security law allowed for approval if a person was an addict.

Not any longer.

So what are you to do if you are an alcoholic or have used illegal drugs in the past.

Do not lie.

It will show up somewhere in the medical records that you have abused alcohol or drugs in the past.

If the Judge catches you in a lie, then you are doomed.

You should seek alcohol or drug treatment.

This will document your sobriety.

You may also attend narcotics anonymous or alcoholic anonymous meetings.

This will show your commitment to staying clean.

Even with a history of drug and alcohol use you can show a change in direction and salvage your Social Security Disability case.

Questions about applying for Social Security Disability? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.