Disability for Alcohol or Drug Addiction

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Since 1996, you can no longer get Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) or SSI benefits for alcoholism or drug addiction alone. You can, however, get disability benefits for damage caused by the alcohol or drug abuse, such as liver damage, emotional problems, cardiovascular disease, or cancer. But this is true only if you are no longer drinking or abusing drugs, or if your medical condition is so severe that the damage caused by the drinking or drugs is irreversible. 

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