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It’s been five years since the death of Amy Winehouse, but the Amy Winehouse Foundation - which works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people - has a new project underway.
On August 22, the Foundation will open a women-only rehabilitation centre in East London to “address the specialist needs of female addicts".
Named ‘Amy’s Place’, the Foundation says that these needs are often “more complex” than that of their male counterparts, and that the project will highlight the need for a “new approach” to supporting female addicts.
The accommodation will be made up of 12 self-contained flats (of which four are two bed) and large communal areas which will host a programme of group activities.
Women-only centres are actually rather rare - according to Public Health England, there are currently only 10 other such facilities in the UK, and the Foundation states that of the several hundred recovery-housing beds in the UK, only 1% are woman specific.
Dominic Ruffy, special project director at the Amy Winehouse Foundation, said: “We conducted several consultation groups with young women in rehab, and their chief concern was the prospect of having to move into a mixed recovery house upon leaving treatment.
“The reasons behind this are multi fold, but include issues around co-dependency and abusive relationships with men.”
“Amy’s Place hopes to help young women achieve long term recovery, leaving our care in either full-time education or employment, able to sustain their own private tenancy and with a healthy and fulfilling life.”
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