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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

Are we still at 22 a day?

I remember the earliest days of the internet. In those days, if you didn’t phrase your search terms just right, you couldn’t find anything worthwhile. Things haven’t changed all that much. When I started this blog for Memorial Day, I asked Google, “Are we still losing 22 veterans a day?” Google very quickly informed me […]

Why your mental health may be misdiagnosed

I get frequent reminders that most doctors and nurse practitioners have little or no training in substance abuse and addictions. Consequently, there are two conversations I have on nearly a daily basis: No, chances are, you don’t live with Bi Polar Disorder (BPD) It’s a grossly over diagnosed condition because it shares symptoms with a […]

How do I overcome depression?

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield released new data recently that shows surging rates of depression across all age groups. Specifically, it showed a huge uptick in rates of Major Depressive Disorder from 2013 to 2016. The problem with research is that by the time it’s collected, organized, and presented, it’s often two years later. It’s important […]

Are young people really snorting condoms?

A friend approached me today with a bemused expression and simply said, “I think the world is getting stupider. People are snorting condoms and putting it on Youtube.” My first thought was, “That’s probably a thing.” My second thought was, “How many have choked to death so far?” There were over a hundred thoughts that […]