Amy Winehouse Foundation Helping Open A Women’s Recovery Center In London

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation has teamed up with a local housing provider in London to create a women-only drug and alcohol recovery center.

The house, called “Amy’s Place,” will cater to women specifically and opens its doors Monday, according to The Guardian.

“There are about six women-only rehabs, and beyond that, there’s an even greater paucity of women-specific recovery housing beds,” special project director at the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Dominic Ruffy, told The Guardian. “There is only one other women-only recovery house in London.”

Ruffy, a recovering addict himself, says that the house will give support for the women as they begin the process of reintegrating themselves into society. Ruffy claims that while conventional rehabs offer detoxification and therapy, they don’t offer much in the way of helping patients get ready for reintroduction.

“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.

The idea came after the foundation consulted with others at a women-only rehab clinic called “Hope House,” who offered their ideal situation for recovery. They eventually decided on a three month recovery program that would encompass “relapse prevention groups, and potential skills and employability based workshops.”

“We want to empower young women to remain in control of their recovery by providing safe and secure homes, personalised services and a vibrant community that will build on their strengths, experiences and preferences,” London regional director of Centra Care and Support, Michelle Davies, told The Guardian.

Amy Winehouse was a Grammy Award-winning English singer who rose to international stardom in the 2000s. The singer had major battles with drug and alcohol use, and eventually died of alcohol poisoning in July of 2011 at the age of 27.

Winehouse joins an unfortunate list of famous musicians who died at age 27, including Jim Morrison of The Doors, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. says the rate of relapse is anywhere from 50 to 90 percent, but also notes that those numbers can be reduced for those who go to recovery centers after rehab.

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