IS ADDICTION A DISABILITY?

Many Questions Remain 

Is Addiction a disease or a choice or a disability?  This is all debatable.  However, what we can learn will come directly from recovering addicts themselves.  Below is a link that you can click on and listen to a group of recovering Opiate Addicts.  They will be discussing the questions listed below.

Addiction is a progressive disease.  However, not every disease becomes a disability.   

Listen in to this opiate recovery support group as they discuss their thoughts about when addiction qualifies as a disability?

 

Discussion Guide:

Do you believe that addiction is a disability?  In what way?

  • Can addiction cause disability?
  • Does the disability of certain brain chemistries cause addiction? 
  • Is addiction a symptom of disability?

 

  • A disease is not necessarily a disability. At what point does your disease turn into a disability?
  • At what stage of addiction do you think someone would qualify for charitable contributions?

What determining criteria would you use for whether an addict should qualify for disability funds?

If you were given financial assistance for your disease of addiction, would it be helpful or hurtful to your recovery?

CLICK THIS LINK TO LISTEN TO PODCAST:

https://www.opiatesupportgroup.com/is-addiction-a-disability/

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Supplemental Reading:

https://www.disabilitysecrets.com/social-security-disability-drug-addiction.html

https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/alcohol-abuse/faq/alcoholism-drug-addiction-disabilities/

https://www.asamcontinuum.org/knowledgebase/what-are-the-asam-levels-of-care/

http://www.courtinnovation.org/sites/default/files/RANTSummaryVlavianos.pdf

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