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Amy Winehouse Foundation Sets Up Recovery House For Female Addicts

by CBS News 4:10 PM PDT, August 01, 2016
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The Amy Winehouse Foundation is honoring the late singer's memory five years after her death with a new initiative to help female addicts re-enter society.

Amy's Place opened in East London on Monday to provide a stable living environment and assistance for up to 16 women recovering from addiction at a time, according to the Guardian. The residents will be placed in a three-month program of "yoga, relapse prevention groups, and potential skills and employability based workshops."

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The residence is only the second female-only recovery center in London, despite research that shows women are more likely to relapse without proper support.

"There are about six women-only rehabs [in the U.K.], and beyond that there's an even greater paucity of women-specific recovery housing beds," Amy Winehouse Foundation special project director Dominic Ruffy said. "There is only one other women-only recovery house in London and it's only a four-bed with a six-month waiting list."

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"Our experience shows if you give people an extended period of time post-traditional rehabilitation treatment, you will improve the percentage of people who stay clean long-term. We have a saying in recovery that the drink and drugs aren't our problem, it's living life clean and sober."

(Originally published by CBS News on Monday, August 01, 2016 at 2:57 pm ET)

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