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I am very sorry to hear about this situation.
Unemployment is not "automatic." To qualify for unemployment, one must show:
-the termination was due to a layoff or downsizing
-the termination was not due to "gross misconduct" such as theft, for example
-you did not quit, but if you did, one can still qualify for unemployment if the quitting was for a good reason such as violence, personal harassment, dangerous working conditions, or a medical matter.
Perhaps one can appeal their claim and keeping the above in mind, may have a better shot at receiving unemployment benefits. Your struggles with alcoholism actually do not apply unless they somehow factor into quitting/being fired.
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