A Recovery Center Is Opening In Honor of Amy Winehouse
It’s now just over five years since the soulful, incredibly gifted jazz singer Amy Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning. After months of publicly struggling with substance abuse, the six-time Grammy award-winning songstress passed away at the tender age of 27 in July of 2011—leaving loved ones and fans distraught and eager to make resources more accessible to those who struggle with addiction.
Since it’s the fifth anniversary of the “Rehab” singer’s death, the Amy Winehouse Foundation has announced it will open Amy’s Place, a recovery house that seeks to help female addicts transition into post-rehab life. The Foundation, which aims to support and empower young adults through music therapy and education and works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse among young people, plans to help those dealing with addiction integrate themselves back into a life of sobriety.
Ensuring that Winehouse’s legacy extends beyond her musical talent, Amy’s Place will offer counseling, group exercise courses, and relapse prevention groups for over a dozen women at their facility in East London. Expected to start taking patients on August 22nd, the halfway house will provide gender-specific resources to women battling addiction—a factor, the charity explains, that many women dealing with substance abuse are not typically afforded. For this very reason, the foundation explains, women are more likely than men to relapse and succumb to addiction.
“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,” Jane Winehouse, a managing trustee of the Amy Winehouse Foundation penned in a statement. “Fresh starts are difficult to make and full of challenges, but at Amy’s Place we will give young women the tools and support to help them make this a reality.”
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