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.

When you’re afraid to reach out


No person has ever entered a substance abuse counselor’s office for the first time feeling good about themselves. Nor has anyone stepped into their first AA or NA meeting without feeling afraid, ashamed, and broken. I hear the words of my dear friend Ardis White each time I encounter such a person: “You’ve got to […]

How to be successful


I’ve learned that the very best way to get people to understand me is to first prove to them that I get what they’re saying. The most effective way to do this is by reflecting what they’re feeling/wanting/needing. The same approach works with making your dreams come true. Take an interest in the dreams of […]

Who is the enemy in the war on drugs?


Today’s blog is a guest appearance by Ross Hicks, harm reduction coordinator for Health Equity Alliance: When politicians invoke the “War on Drugs” in response to current issues with opioids, I wonder what they mean by “war.” Who exactly are they fighting and with what arms? War implies an enemy. For 40 years politicians have […]