DIY - Trigger Web

As the holidays ensue, many of us find ourselves in whirlwind of bittersweet emotions – returning to homes we ran away from, or longing to connect with family members we never forgave.  Be careful - the family, the old friends and the complicated feelings can bring along a barrage of triggers for unhelpful habits and addictive behaviors.

In the merry celebrations, it can be easy to slip into overeating, binge drinking, and abusing substances - especially when the best get-togethers usually have an abundance of food, alcohol and drugs. After the fiestas, we often find ourselves back where we started, or worse – those same feelings and memories we tried to avoid come rushing back with the New Year.

Co-Founder Chauntay Brenord, LCSW created this incredible tool that can be used to curb any unhealthy habit.

It works like this:

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  • Place any unhealthy habit or addictive behavior in the center of your paper.

  • Create branches that lead to all of the triggers. Triggers are any people, places or things that prompt you to want, think about, or do the unwanted behavior.

  • Create additional branches from the triggers towards alternative behaviors.

  • Choose the better option. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again. You can do this!

If you are a social worker or counselor and you are interested in more tools like this, speak with Chauntay at chauntay@lotustraumacare.com. She leads all of our professional development, training, and consulting. Be sure to visit our online store for worksheets and therapy tools!

 

 

Margaret Marion