The Importance of Amy’s Place
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost seven years since powerhouse singer Amy Winehouse succumbed to her addictions. At just 27-years-old, the British pop star lost her life from what was determined to be alcohol poisoning. But in an inspirational twist of fate, she has become a hugely influential recovery advocate in the years since; thanks to the diligent work that’s being done by her family and her estate.
Just this week, the UK press published an important story about Amy’s Place, a London-based housing community that uses her name and legacy to help others battling addiction. Catering specifically in women under the age of 30 (like Amy was), it bridges the gap between rehabilitation and completely independent living and its concept is gaining influence here in the states.
After Winehouse’s passing her parents set up The Amy Winehouse Foundation, using the funds she earned while alive as a singer. For five years, it was responsible for addiction education, charity benefits and support for people needing recovery. But interestingly enough, it was in 2016 when the actual Amy’s Place sober living facility was built.
Its purpose was to help women who are not only fighting addiction, but also dealing with trauma and abusive relationships. So far, it has changed hundreds of lives and saw a 25 percent increase in admissions within the last year.
“It’s not about women needing a different treatment service to men,” staffer Eytan Alexander told the UK outlet. “It’s about women being confident and comfortable enough to admit they have a problem and then being able to be looked after in a way that works for them, taking into account things like childcare and careers. We must provide better education on the dangers of drug addiction as well as help those who are dependent to recover.”
The article, from iNews UK, went to profile current residents (anonymously) and the impact Amy’s House is having on their lives.
“I grew up around addicts,” resident Chantelle told the outlet. “Seeing the life they led […] it’s given me more fight inside to go no – I’m not going back to that. At times I’d get using thoughts and look at a bottle of wine and think I’ve got to pick it up. But no, not a chance.”
We, at Valley Recovery Center, are firm believers in specialized tailor-made recovery care. Our facility, for instance, caters strictly to men and has a dedicated team equipped to deal with their particular needs.
Despite that, we have deep connections to several L.A.-based treatment centers focused on female clientele. If you or a woman you care about is dealing with this, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We can most certainly set you up for success within a treatment community catered to your needs. (866) 986-2486