Applying for disability for your mental impairment is complicated when there is also substance use or abuse in the picture. Your Ocala Social Security disability law office will help you to understand the hurdles you may need to overcome in order to be successful.
Since symptoms of substance use can be similar to the symptoms of other mental impairments, it can be difficult for the court to determine in which category your symptoms belong. The court may ask for evidence that supports your mental impairment from before your substance use began. Your Ocala Social Security disability attorney will explain that, if it is impossible for the court to appropriately place these symptoms, they may find the symptoms to be not material to your claim.
Unfortunately, you may face prejudice from the court regarding your claim if you continue to use drugs or alcohol. It will be extremely beneficial to cease use of any substances so that the court has evidence of your impairment without the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you are in need of disability benefits, do not let your substance use discourage you from applying. An attorney from your Ocala Social Security disability law office can explain what steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of success. Call CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC today at 352-304-5300 for more information.