By Amanda Wicks
The Amy Winehouse Foundation has chosen to honor the singer’s memory on the fifth anniversary of her death by opening a recovery home. The space will be dedicated to helping women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Located in east London, Amy’s Place will feature 12 apartments, but will be able to accommodate 16 women since two apartments offer shared rooms (via The Guardian). Dominic Ruffy, special project director of the Foundation, said, “There are about six women-only rehabs [in London], and beyond that, there’s an even greater paucity of women-specific recovery housing beds. There is only one other women-only recovery house in London and it’s only a four-bed with a six-month waiting list.”
Rather than offering more traditional services like detox, Amy’s Place will be set up to help young women reintegrate into society. The center will offer holistic activities such as yoga. As a women’s only housing unit, it will also provide a safe space away from any ex-partners.
“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. “We have a saying in recovery that the drink and drugs aren’t our problem, it’s living life clean and sober.”
It’s a positive idea to come out of the singer’s tragic death.