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

3 types of depression and how to cope with them

Most of us have a limited ability to recognize depression in ourselves and others. We tend to associate depression with being observably sad, lethargic, and as feeling stuck or hopeless. While most of us experience these symptoms at some point in our lives, there are far more subtle symptoms that are easy to misinterpret and/or […]

National PTSD awareness day

Today is national Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness day. The US government estimates that roughly eight percent of Americans will experience PTSD in their lifetime. It’s important to understand that a much higher percentage of people survive and witness traumatic events. Historically we have associated PTSD with war veterans and survivors of sexual assault. […]