I have hep C from hard drug use in the 60s. That never figured into my SS case. I was never asked how I got the hep C. I also was alcoholic, but had been sober for 19 yrs. at the time I received SSD. Again, this issue never came up. She is applying for an illness, not because she has a drink or drug problem. They used to give disability and welfare payments to alcoholics and addicts, but that law changed and they no longer do that. That could be where the confusion is. It should not matter if she drank if she is not currently doing so. She should get an attorney after the first turn-down. Almost veryone gets turned down the first time, with very few exceptions. If one has an attorney, they know that the applicant is serious and not going to give up. The attorney will get a flat fee of 25% of her back payment, which is calculated from the date she first applies. It took them 2 yrs. to approve my case, so I got 2 yrs. of back payments, minus 25% of that to the attorney.
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