Amy Winehouse Foundation to Open Home for Recovering Female Addicts
The Amy Winehouse Foundation is set to open a home for recovering female addicts. The home, called Amy's Place, is set to open this month in London.
The news comes five years after Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning in 2011. According to The Guardian, the house will be located in east London and aims to help recovering female addicts reintegrate into society and sustain their recovery. The home will be made up of 12 self-contained apartments, four of which are two-bed, and can house up to 16 women.
Dominic Ruffy, the special project director at the Amy Winehouse Foundation, said the home was set up because of the lack of drug addiction treatment services, specifically for women, in the UK.
“Picture a person who is 14 years old, has come from a broken home, hasn’t engaged at school, ends on a path of addiction and winds up at 25-26 years old going to rehab, learning how to get clean, and then leaving rehab and being told to get on with it," Ruffy said. "It can be as simple as not knowing how to go about getting your benefits or engaging in college. 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. We have a saying in recovery that the drink and drugs aren’t our problem, it’s living life clean and sober.”
Residents at Amy’s Place will reportedly be supported using a “co-production model," which gives them shared control over the services that aid their recovery.
“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," said 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.”