Amy Winehouse Foundation opens recovery house for female drug addicts
The Amy Winehouse Foundation has opened a house for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, The Guardian reports. The London home, called Amy’s Place, can house up to 16 women.
Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27 after a long and public battle with addiction. The Amy Winehouse Foundation’s special project director, Dominic Ruffy, told The Guardian they were motivated to establish Amy’s Place because of the lack of addiction treatment for women in the U.K., where women-only rehab centers and recovery houses are rare.
Amy’s Place is not meant to act as a rehabilitation center, but rather as a place for women to go and ease back into life after rehab. The house’s program will include group exercise and relapse prevention groups.
“Our experience shows if you give people an extended period of time post-traditional rehabilitation treatment, you will improve the percentage of people who stay clean [in the] long term,” Ruffy said. “We have a saying in recovery that the drink and drugs aren’t our problem, it’s living life clean and sober.”
Read more about Amy’s Place here.