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.

The Ugly Side of Talking about Addiction


My friend Trish Callahan, and I have been having an ongoing conversation about the aspects of addiction and recovery that are difficult to address in the public discourse, and we decided it might make an informative post.  Trish is an incredibly talented writer who blogs on BDN as Mainely Thoughts  Trish: Personally and professionally, I’ve struggled with […]

A Response to “I am your Disease”


For many years I’ve urged folks to read, “I am Your Disease” as that poem succinctly defines the power of addiction by personifying the disease. What follows is a response to that poem – a letter written back to the disease: You are my disease. I hate you but am powerless to harm you. From […]

Old School Recovery


Talk with “old timers” in programs like AA and a lot of those amazing folks will tell you that our approach to recovery has softened over the years. It’s true – and like everything else, there are pros and cons to how things have changed. I’m always looking at the bottom line – what works/what […]

The Best People in the World


My heart is full to bursting. I got to spend this afternoon surrounded by people I never intended to know, doing something I never imagined I’d do. It’s no surprise to me. It’s part of my recovery. I get to discover, develop, and become increasingly better versions of myself as I go. Today I married […]

Detaching with Love


“If you wanna be free, be free…” I have a Sunday morning ritual of reading I think of it as how I’d like church to be (disorganized religion) – a community of people sharing their experience, strength, and hope. It’s an anonymous fellowship of people all around the world. Some of us whispering and […]

One Life, Many Pathways Out of Addiction


The BDN is sponsoring the One Life Event today (5/4/16) at the Cross Center. Political and community leaders alike will solicit not only public input but also grass roots action as we seek to reduce stigma and increase access to education, prevention, and treatment in combating addiction in our communities. It is therefore all the […]