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:

  • 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 She leads all of our professional development, training, and consulting. Be sure to visit our online store for worksheets and therapy tools!



Margaret Marion