Amy Winehouse Foundation Opens Home For Female Recovering Addicts
While Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011, of accidental alcohol poisoning, the foundation in her name is making sure that other young women don’t misuse drugs and alcohol the same way. Today (August 1) the Amy Winehouse Foundation opened Amy’s Place, a recovery house in East London for female addicts to help them transition 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. “We have a saying in recovery that the drink and drugs aren’t our problem, it’s living life clean and sober.”
Ruffy also says that, after talking with women in rehab, the Amy Winehouse Foundation decided that Amy’s Place 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.” Amy’s Place can host up to 16 women at a time.