The Counsellor

A powerful true story about loving and losing a loved one to addiction.

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What People Say

A beautifully written true story about addiction, grief and love.


I can honestly say Alison captured addiction and everything that goes with it perfectly. I learnt so much about grief too.

Matt Ingram, Endless Possibilities


Recent Posts

  • Stephen walks…
    On the 17th July, my incredibly motivated cousin will begin a 190 mile coast-to-coast walk across northern England. Stephen is walking in memory of my brother, Danny and is making the journey to raise awareness of addiction and to raise valuable funds to support an incredible charity, Action on Addiction. He intends to leave aContinue reading “Stephen walks…”
  • Grief has changed me.
    I’m sat in my kitchen trying to persuade my husband to let my nephew come and stay. He’ll be a big help I tell him knowing full well he has every inch of his project carefully mapped out. He’s doing our garden. It’s a huge undertaking and I know that everything needs to happen inContinue reading “Grief has changed me.”
  • Addiction is not a choice
    I’m reading the most beautiful book by Giles Paley-Phillips. It’s called One Hundred and Fifty-two days and it’s just about the most beautiful thing I have ever read. Giles is a children’s author but I wasn’t familiar with his books. Instead I came across him on twitter as he often tweets about positivity and mentalContinue reading “Addiction is not a choice”