Paige Abbott

Registered Psychologist in Alberta, Canada, working with Addiction and Mental Health, including substance use, eating disorders, codependency and relationship issues, boundaries, communication, anxiety, anger, and more.

Stashes

In a previous blog post, I wrote about ‘The Dopamine Chase’ and how our brains can seek out increasing amounts of dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that tells our brain when something was rewarding and that we should do it again (and probably more of it). This can come from feelings, relationships, substances, food, and …

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Building Empathy

There is a lot going on in the world right now and this has led to increased levels of stress, tension, as well as compensatory coping mechanisms like substance use, sex, and escape via media or other things. My hope (perhaps it’s idealistic) for the world is that we can see all of these goings-on …

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Codependency Self-Test

Wondering whether or not you may be struggling from codependency? Please read the statements below and answer whether these are true or false for you within the past 3 months. 1.     I find myself more often than not irritated, frustrated, and reactive 2.     My reactions are often strong and may not have an apparent reason …

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Healthy Fun

In my last post, I ended off by saying we would talk more about healthy fun as often people think that Addiction recovery is a drag and work. The truth is, it is effortful and draining, for sure, but there is also an energy and invigoration that comes from it unlike any other. Where people …

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PMO is on the Rise

At the start of the pandemic, many people were predicting that divorce and birth rates were going to increase, or even skyrocket, as a result of social distancing and people being at home. It’s impossible to know whether this will come true or not, only time will tell on that one. Something that has increased …

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