On the 5th anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s death (July 23, 2011,) the Amy Winehouse Foundation announced it would open a London home for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.
Named after the “Valerie” singer, the new Amy’s Place home will help recovering addicts adjust back to everyday life and transition themselves back into society. “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 long term,” says Dominic Ruffy, the foundation’s special project director, to 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.”
Ruffy consulted with women at Hope House in South London and determined the ideal recovery set up would be female-only, to “ensure they were either safe and away from ex-partners, or safe from their issues around co-dependency, around men.” In addition the three month program will offer yoga, relapse prevention groups, and workshops meant to teach skills and job placement assistance for the women.
You can learn more about The Amy Foundation and the new Amy’s Place home here.