All posts by Jim LaPierre

Jim LaPierre

About Jim LaPierre

Jim LaPierre LCSW CCS is the Executive Director of Higher Ground Services in Brewer, Maine. He is a Recovery Ally, mental health therapist and addictions counselor. He specializes in facilitating recovery (whether from addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, or past abuse) overcome obstacles, and improve their quality of life. Jim offers a limited amount of online therapy to those with very flexible schedules.

Will I ever get it?


When the addict or alcoholic asks, “Will I ever get it?” We are referencing sobriety and the promises it holds. We are also describing the numerous and seemingly bottomless pitfalls of fear and shame that exist along the path to recovery and self acceptance. If you’ve never experienced addiction or watched it up close and […]

Governor LePage you’re undeniably a homophobe


I have about as much interest in discussing Governor LePage as an ongoing embarrassment to Maine as I have in knocking down a brick wall with my forehead. I do feel compelled however to point out the obvious that many may overlook: By calling Representative Drew Gattine a “cocksucker”, you have undeniably exposed yourself as […]

Insecure men and the fear of powerful women


Roxanne Jones writes an excellent blog, Boomer Haiku. In her most recent post, she discusses some research that conflicts in particularly unfortunate ways. She shares the claims of Lawrence Whalley an expert on mental health who claims, “marrying an intelligent woman helps protect a man from dementia.” That seems like common sense to me. A […]

Blasphemy, profanity, and spiritual growth


I think that when people consider what spiritual growth looks like that they picture something beautiful and serene. Maybe they imagine being out in nature, having powerful epiphanies, and feeling super connected to something more powerful than themselves. I know people who do that and feel that. That’s cool. It’s just not me. There’s bugs […]

Addiction and inappropriate language


“I am whatever you say I am.” – Eminem Everyone loves a feel good story. When I saw yesterday’s BDN headline, “Maine law grad, drug felon takes Texas job with treatment group.” I clicked to read the good news. As often happens, the caption of the story differed from the headline: It read, “Maine law […]

She changed my mind on Methadone and perhaps yours too


Methadone is arguably the most controversial form of addiction treatment. Why should we support it? For the same reasons we support the use and availability of insulin, nitroglycerin, cholesterol and blood pressure medications. They treat diseases. How open minded are we? When it comes to addiction, addiction treatments, and addiction recovery, a lot of us, […]