There is an ongoing debate concerning substance abuse and disability. According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (2013), the conservative estimate of the number of adult individuals with a substance abuse problem and a co-existing disability is approximated at 4.7 million Americans. The burdens that alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems pose are compounded when the individual is one of the estimated 54 million Americans who have one or more physical or mental disabilities. For these individuals, the process of recovery is made more difficult by barriers that do not exist for others. Click to read about the Social Security Administration`s recent policy interpretation ruling on Evaluation Cases Involving Drug Addiction and Alcoholism. https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/rulings/di/01/SSR2013-02-di-01.html •DiNitto`s Essentials of Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy - Chapters 6 https://mbsdirect.vitalsource.com/#/books/9780205976348/cfi/6/28!/4/2/2/2/[email protected]:0 Discussion Question: Consider the debate concerning substance abuse and disability. Would you agree or disagree that alcohol and drug dependence or other illnesses that are often considered to be under the individual`s control should be covered under disability policy? Why or why not? Explain your reasoning and justify your claims.
Substance Abuse and Disability Name Course Instructor Date Public welfare for those with severe disabilities in America has expanded since the 1950`s with the focus on assistance payments the vulnerable group (DiNitto, 2012). Reforms over time have highlighted that the government ought to have minimal influence and should only help the very needy on a short-term basis (DiNitto, 2012). People associate disability with the inability to work, and there is some form of the stigma attached to be being disabled as they are seen as being dependent on others especially the state. There is a need for proof that a person with a disability cannot work for them to re...