My son applied (with my help) for SS back in Feb. Mainly due to the fact that he was physically disabled due to an OD in Jan. which led to nerve damage in his leg he won't lukely recover from. He has just been approved on the first try, and interestingly they approved him based on his mental illness. While I am thrilled he will be able to mostly financially support himself (if we can keep him out of the hospital!) it's bittersweet. 3 yrs ago I never would have hoped for my son to be on SS!! I still dreamt of college for him...a career... my how things change. :-( I will be his payee, he will have no direct access to his money. I'm pretty worried about how that will go over in the long run. I see a lot of conflict coming. If anyone else here is in the same boat, I'm open to tips and ideas on how to do this! He's currently in yet another treatment center. (#6) He's already relapsed since being there last week. He has too much physical and emotional pain. He's just not ready to be sober. I know he's not, but i am glad he's in a safe place.