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Five years ago, the famous singer and immensely talented Amy Winehouse passed away from alcohol poisoning. Sadly, this was just the end of a long road of drug addiction and alcoholism for the singer, who was notorious for her hard-partying ways. Her song, “Rehab,” in which she is refusing to go to treatment, was a realistic echo of her real life struggles.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was set up on September 14, 2011, by Amy’s family. From the Foundation’s website, “The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. We also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.” Amy’s family felt it was important to not let Amy die in vain. By helping young people with similar issues with chemical dependency, they believe they are paying tribute to her life and her spirit.

A Safe Place

Next month, the Amy Winehouse Foundation will be opening the doors to a womens’-only recovery house in east London as a part of its mission to help addicted youths. Aptly called, “Amy’s Place,” the home has been applauded for “bridging the gap” for women leaving treatment and seeking a fresh start. The facility not only provides residents with a sense of safe independence via individual apartments, but also provides them opportunity to participate in recovery-supporting activities such as yoga and reiki. This facility is hopefully just one step in the Amy Winehouse Foundation’s efforts to give recovering addicts a fresh start and learn to live life in the “real world” without relying on drugs and alcohol. Sobriety just might afford them the opportunity to embrace their unique talents and gifts, and avoid the misery and death inherent in active addiction.


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