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 is the cofounder of an online addiction recovery program that is affordable and provides complete anonymity

Release is vital to recovery

Anxiety is something nearly everyone struggles with in addiction recovery. Seeing the wreckage our lives became is enough to cause anxiety. In truth, most of us lived with it long before we took the first drink or drug. “What we lived with, we learned. What we learned, we became.” Growing up afraid means learning self-control […]

Ok Bangor, this is how we reduce addiction

I have a compelling story and urgent opportunities for you. Please indulge me: I’ve learned that no one is in recovery from just one thing. Folks in recovery from addiction are also in recovery from trauma. Folks recovering from eating disorders or self-harm are also in recovery from mental illness. I want to tell you […]

Is it ok to hate perpetrators?

To those who abuse, assault, and otherwise, harm for personal gain or pleasure, I’m thinking about you today because I am tired. It’s a good kind of tired. I’ve been busy serving your children, your former partners, those you bullied. Helping them fix themselves and grieve I’ve been doing it for a long time. This […]

Everything you ever really needed to know

I have a love/hate relationship with the medical drama, Code Black. I love it for its unflinching and realistic view of people overcoming various forms of emotional trauma. I hate it because nearly every episode leaves me in tears. The writers have a knack for development that shows you every broken/missing piece of your favorite […]