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| Jan 6, 2020 | Substance Abuse

Georgia has a huge substance abuse problem, and it destroys thousands of lives every year. Each year, more than a million residents across Georgia have a drug and alcohol abuse problem. That’s close to 12% of the state’s population. A further 377,000 or 3.5% of the population abuse alcohol.  Many of these cases lead to permanent disability or even death. Some counties are even more severely affected by the substance abuse issue than others.  Between 2008 and 2017, Savannah accounted for the highest drug and alcohol-related fatalities at a staggering 12.55%.

Substance abuse is a treatable addiction. If your loved one suffers from an addiction, there is no reason to give up on hope. There are resources to help locate rehabilitation and other facilities close to you, so your loved open can get started on the road to recovery.  This resource can help you locate the best drug and alcohol rehab facility for your specific situation, anywhere in Georgia. The website includes details on the highest-rated, low-cost facilities in the state. Often, the cost of treatment facilities prevents metro Atlanta residents from seeking the help they need. This resource helps you to identify the best rehab facilities, as well as long term and short term facilities, and inpatient and outpatient patient programs. While some programs offer drug and alcohol detox, others offer more intensive programs for drug abuse.

In 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) removed substance addiction as a listing for disability benefits. However, if your loved one has suffered severe damage as a result of his addiction, like brain or liver damage, pancreatitis, seizures, or depression, he or she may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Talk to Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer Lisa Siegel, and discuss whether your loved one qualifies for benefits.