Older adults, aged 65 and up, are one of the fastest-growing demographics in the Nation and the State. Older adults present unique challenges to effective treatment.  Late-onset of SUDs is particularly high among this group and often hard to detect.  In addition, symptoms of an SUD are often misinterpreted as signs of aging. Older adults are often more reluctant to enter treatment, as opposed to their younger counterparts, because of shame, guilt and the belief that they will find themselves in groups composed of much younger members. Effective treatment of older adults requires the use of techniques and approaches that counteract or minimize these issues and attitudes.


OASAS has supported, and continues to support, the establishment programs that focus on meeting the unique needs of older adults.  These programs offer patient -centered services in a safe and nonthreatening environment; building upon the life experience of the individual and treating them with dignity and respect.  

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The following treatment providers have established programs that specialize in the treatment of older adults with substance use disorders. For a complete list of substance use treatment programs, consult the find addiction treatment dashboard


Senior Hope, Inc.

660 warren Street

Albany, NY  12208

(518) 489-7777


Crouse Health, Inc.

Older Adults Addiction Recovery Services (OARS)

410 South Crouse Avenue

Syracuse, NY 13210

(315) 470-8304

Odyssey House, Inc.

Elder Care Program

George Rosenfeld Center for Recovery

13 Hell Gate Circle

New York, NY 10035

(212) 428-6633