Amy Winehouse's Rehab Helps Women Overcome Their Addictions

By David Konow 12/05/17

iNews caught up with some of the women living at Amy's Place in east London.

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Her memory lives on.

The memory of singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse lives on through the residents of Amy's Place, a co-housing community in London established by her family after her untimely death.

Amy Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27 from "alcohol toxicity." Amy’s Place opened in August 2016, offering a place for women under 30 to heal and recover from their addictions.

“This house gave me a good sense,” one young resident told the UK's iNews. “The sense that I belong here.”

The community consists of 12 "flats," a kitchen and living room on the first floor, with a portrait of Amy hanging on the wall. Residents, who can stay for up to two years, get together for yoga and meditation, group meetings, relapse prevention meetings, and more. Residents aren't confined to the tight-knit community, and are able to come and go as they please, like for volunteering and school, according to iNews.

In the UK, there’s apparently a great need for rehabs like Amy’s Place. This year there’s been a 25% increase in women seeking help for addiction.

As Eytan Alexander, the founder of UK Addiction Treatment Centers, says, “It’s not about women needing a different treatment service... 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.”

Amy’s Place is reportedly the only female rehab in the UK that can help women unravel the complex web of trauma that can fuel an addiction. 

One resident spoke about her disastrous relationships with the wrong men, saying, “I don’t know how I found these guys but they were really awful. I’ve been in some quite physically abusive situations. I’ve experienced sexual abuse from dealers and stuff like that which has been really difficult to deal with.”  

For another woman in residence, Amy’s Place has been a revelation. “I grew up around addicts,” she says. “Seeing the life they led, it’s given me more fight inside to go no – I’m not going back to that shit. 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.” 

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.