5 Years After Death, Amy Winehouse Will Help Save Other Women’s Lives (Video)

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July 23 marked the fifth anniversary since the death of Amy Winehouse, the English Soul singer whose vocal talent and 2006 album Back to Black took the world by storm. Winehouse struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction through much of her career, and the illnesses contributed to her passing, which happened when she was only 27 years old. There is no doubt her music will live on, and now an announcement that an alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility will open under her name ensures that her legacy will change lives for years to come.

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Today (August 1), Rolling Stone reports that the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded after Winehouse’s death with the goal of “supporting and empowering children and young adults in need through music therapy and music education and works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people, will open a London-based recovery center called Amy’s Place. According to reporter Daniel Kreps, “Amy’s Place will house 12 apartments with the capability of providing shelter and services to 16 women hoping to reintegrate into society after battling addiction.”

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What makes Amy’s Place unique is its focus on women-centered paths to recovery, based on the fact that “[s]tudies have shown that women are more likely to relapse back into addiction if not given proper post-rehab support.” Based on the Guardian report cited by Kreps, “[t]here is only one other women-only recovery house in London and it’s only a four-bed with a six-month waiting list.” Amy’s Place will help address such a shortage, and could potentially inspire other cities to incorporate similar facilities.

Details about when Amy’s Place will open are still pending, but Heads interested in supporting the work of the Amy Winehouse Foundation can do so by donating here.