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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

APA defines traditional masculinity as harmful

The American Psychological Association recently released a report in which, fifty years behind schedule, it explains that many aspects of what we’ve traditionally defined as masculinity are “harmful.” My professional response to that was a very eloquent, “Well, duh…” Traditional aspects of masculinity include strength, assertiveness, independence and courage. My wife embodies those qualities and […]

Governor Mills: My application for Director of Opiate Response

Dear Governor, Thank you for leading our state and implementing common-sense measures like Medicaid expansion. I’m excited to hear that you want a Director of Opiate Response. I’d like to be considered for the job. I’ll work cheap, but I should warn you – I can’t tolerate sitting in endless meetings with bureaucrats. I apologize […]

How to make a chosen family

Latest favorite Facebook meme: “I’ll be home by Christmas and in therapy by New Years.” I’ve spent a lot of time recently with folks who feel terrible. They believe themselves obligated to spend time with people they don’t like simply because they’re related. They’ll travel long distances and endure copious amounts of stress and expense, […]