Addiction Therapist, LCSW, CCS
About the instructor
Hi! I'm Jim LaPierre - a dual diagnosis clinician with a combined
30+ years of experiences in supporting recovery from addiction, trauma,
crisis, and a plethora of bad things that happen to good people:
I’m a straight shooter. My approach is to be completely real and to get down to what most needs to change.
We're Passionate About Offering Folks Affordable Recovery Services
In 2018, Jim's local counseling business Higher Ground Services in Brewer, Maine provided a 1,000 hours of free counseling to the community, helping those in need.
"We've provided over a thousand hours of pro bono services to the community primarily because we never forget our roots. We are a family organization, my wife and I, we were working class poor for a lot of years and so our heart really remains with folks who are poor working class in Maine and one of our passions is trauma and addiction recovery." - Jim LaPierre
About the 28-Day Intensive Online Recovery Program
We believe the best service we can provide to someone seeking recovery is to point out in no uncertain terms when they’re kidding themselves. Rationalization, minimization, and justification are the hallmarks of addiction. Generally, the more intelligent and accomplished a person is, the more they excel in bullshitting themselves.
We believe that fear and shame are the greatest personal barriers to recovery. It's a big part of why we don’t judge; shaming alcoholics and people with a substance use disorder is redundant at best. We all have scars. Some show. Most don’t. Fear keeps us trapped holistically because we’re locked in the mindset that created the problems.
Change how you deal with fear and you’ll transform your life. Deal breaker: all of us need help getting out of the hell our lives became. Face it – if you could have gotten yourself out of this you’d have done it by now. There’s no shame in needing help. Anyone who understands addiction knows this:
The only time you look down on a person with a substance use disorder is when you’re helping to pick your brother or sister up!
If you would like to connect with people who know what it's like to struggle with substance abuse, we invite you to join our Facebook group.