Amy Winehouse Foundation To Open Facility For Recovering Female Addicts

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Five years after singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse died due to accidental alcohol poisoning, the charity created in her honor has announced plans to open a rehabilitation facility to aid women who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.

Amy’s Place will open August 22 in the UK, and aims to grow the small amount of female-only addiction centers based out of London, according to Dominic Ruffy, the special project director at the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

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“There are about six women-only rehabs, and beyond that, there’s an even greater paucity of women-specific recovery housing beds,” he said, per The Guardian. “There is only one other women-only recovery house in London and it’s only a four-bed with a six-month waiting list.”

“Residents at Amy’s Place will be supported using a “co-production model”, which gives them shared control over the services that aid their recovery,” the site reads. Amy’s Place and the Hope House, a rehab center in south London, joined together to create a three-month program for residents of Amy’s Place in order to acquaint them with the idea of a clean and sober life. The program includes holistic activities like “yoga, relapse prevention groups, and potential skills and employability based workshops.”

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“This project will make such a profound difference to so many young women, enabling them to have a safe environment in which to rebuild their lives and put into practice all the learning they have acquired through their treatment journey,” says Jane Winehouse of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. “Fresh starts are difficult to make, full of challenges, but at Amy’s Place, we will give young women the tools and support to help make this a reality.”