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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.

Maine Opiate Task Force Report and our lack of action

“How do we reinforce how important it is that action happen?” The question above was raised by State Representative Rep. Anne Beebe-Center of Rockland. She was one of the members of an appointed task force charged with exploring solutions to Maine’s opiate epidemic. It’s a great question, raised by a leader from a community known […]

Maine Opiate Task Force Report and our lack of action

“How do we reinforce how important it is that action happen?” The question above was raised by State Representative Rep. Anne Beebe-Center of Rockland. She was one of the members of an appointed task force charged with exploring solutions to Maine’s opiate epidemic. It’s a great question, raised by a leader from a community known […]

Dealing with angels, ducks, and alligators   

I’m blessed to know a lot of folks who lead very purpose driven lives. Nearly all of them are in recovery from trauma, addiction, and/or other bad things that happen to good people. Each of them has a Higher Power that they feel directed by, but none of us have burning bushes, nor do we […]

The convoluted mess of Methadone and stigma

One week ago today, a tragedy occurred when Robin Gardner was killed in a head on collision. The man accused of manslaughter in this case admitted to being under the influence, texting and had been at a methadone clinic. Let me be clear: The death of Robin Gardner is tragic, period. There is no defense […]

The limitations of your comfort zone

I spent some time recently with an amazing woman who shared what she knows to be a false belief, “I have to do it all myself.” My response surprised her. I asked her to define, “it.” She was surprised to realize that “it” is absolutely everything in her life – personally and professionally. She has […]

Put away your claws and let go

“Let go. I got you” That’s what I know my Higher Power is saying to me on a regular basis. I picture it like a dad reassuring a little boy who can’t get down from the tree he was so sure he wanted to climb. “Just jump. I’ll catch you.” Leaps of faith are scary, […]

The most important things I say as a therapist

The intervention I use most often as a therapist is to simply look at a person who is trying very hard not to allow their feelings to surface and say, “Just breathe.” I help my clients unlearn habits we developed as children: When control is taken away from us, when fears run high, when it’s […]