Amy Winehouse Foundation opens rehab facility

One of the rarest talents of our time, British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead after a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction at her London-area home on July 23, 2011. But five years after her death, the singer’s legacy is set to help other women struggling with addiction.

According to the Huffington Post, the Amy Winehouse Foundation will open a rehabilitation facility to help women recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Called “Amy’s Place,” the center “caters to those who have already completed a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol abuse. Its goal is to help residents transition from treatment to living independently,” reports the Huffington Post.

Amy’s Place will also give patients a say in their treatment options, says Mashable, using a ‘co-production model’ that “gives those in recovery shared control over treatment with the aim of reintegrating addicts with society with the tools to sustain their recovery.”

Set to house up to 16 women ages 18 to 30, the Huffington Post says Amy’s Place will offer a female-centric approach to treatment, attempting to remedy what The Guardian says is a dearth of women-specific treatment options in the United Kingdom.

The center will open on Aug. 22 and will be co-run by  Centra Care and Support, reports the Huffington Post — an “organization which provides services to vulnerable groups, including teen moms, domestic abuse survivors and senior citizens.” Amy’s Place will enroll women in a three-month program, says the Huffington Post, as well as give them temporary housing and offer group support and activities.

Mashable reports taht Jane Winehouse, Amy’s stepmother and managing trustee of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, explained in a statement the goal of the center:

“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.”

Another facet of the center’s goal: to give young women a fresh start.

“Fresh starts are difficult to make, full of challenges,” Jane Winehouse said, according to the Huffington Post. “But at Amy’s Place, we will give young women the tools and support to help make this a reality.”


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