Elizabeth Brico’s Writing Portfolio

Elizabeth brico is a freelance writer from the Pacific Northwest. She is site author of e.b. writes: writing on writing, and Betty's Battleground--a blog about life after trauma, which was recently ranked #26 on Feedspot's list of top 75 PTSD blogs. She is also a regular contributor to the PTSD blog on HealthyPlace (#2 on the same list). Her work--which often focuses on addiction, trauma, mental illness, and social injustice--has appeared on Vox, Vice, The Fix, Talk Poverty, Ozy, Racked, Stat, and The Establishment, among others, and has been quoted in the Washington Post. Radio appearances include NPR's All Sides With Ann Fisher, and Portland's X-Ray In The Morning. She might be immortal, or else very lucky. Accidental necromancy is also a possibility. In case you can't tell, she spends her free time reading, writing, and watching speculative fiction. She wrote her MFA thesis on the prescience of Philip K. Dick and Ursula LeGuin.

Pacific Northwest
Willing to relocate, galaxy negotiable

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Published Writing 

How Ryan Henry Ward turned Seattle into a magical menagerie on Curbed-Seattle
Can I Be Traumatized Again If I Have PTSD? on HealthyPlace
Common Barriers to Recovery from PTSD Explained on HealthyPlace

Does Having PTSD Make You Violent? on HealthyPlace
Effects of PTSD on Relationships If Both Partners Have PTSD on HealthyPlace
How Does Sexual Harassment Affect Rape Survivors? on HealthyPlace

How to Appreciate Success, Even When It's Scary on HealthyPlace
How to Care for Someone with PTSD on HealthyPlace
How to Cope with Toxic People in Your Life on HealthyPlace
Introduction to Elizabeth Brico on HealthyPlace
Personal Rituals Can Protect Trauma Survivors From Stress on HealthyPlace

Trauma Is Unfair: But You Can Heal Anyway on HealthyPlace
Why Kids Trigger Parents With PTSD And What To Do About It on HealthyPlace
Stranger in a Strange Land: Growing Up Cuban-American Under the Embargo on Latino Rebels
5 Unexpected Side-Effects Of Tattoos When You're A Mom on Mom.me

Why Opioid Addicts Have It Better In Blue States on OZY
I Nearly Died of a Drug Overdose. Would That Make My Dealer a Murder? on Politico Magazine
Trump Is Continuing the War on Drugs That Kept Me Addicted on Politico Magazine

What Happens When Heroin Addicts Fall Pregnant on Mamamia.au
How to Buy Nothing, Get Stuff, and Make Friends on Racked
Shopping Helped Me Reinvent Myself After Abuse on Racked
Four Ways Buddhism Can Help You Lead A Happier Life on Skin & Satori

By shunning medication-assisted therapy, 12-step meetings are making the opioid crisis worse on STAT First Opinion
An Essay About Grief By A Girl Who's Never Been To A Funeral on Stephanie Harris Coaching
How Domestic Violence Kept Me From Coming Out on Survival Is A Talent
The Cost of Addiction Treatment Keeps Poor People Addicted on Talk Poverty
The Happiest City In The U.S. Has A Secret on Talk Poverty
I Loved The Man Who Abused Me on The Establishment

Opioid Addiction and Pregnancy: Why are Doctors Ignoring Best Practices? on The Fix
What the AIDS Epidemic Can Teach Us About The Opioid Crisis The Fix
Why I Don't Have a Sobriety Date
on The Fix
An Open Letter to My Parents, Who Didn't Handle My Addiction Well on Tonic/VICE

Another Way Prisons Treat Pregnant Women Like Shit on Tonic/VICE
I Have A Pathological Fear Of Being Happy on Tonic/VICE
I Got Addicted to the Needle Even When There Was Nothing to Shoot up on Tonic/VICE
My Trauma Led Me to Self-Medication with Heroin on Tonic/VICE
This Is What It's Like To Overdose On Heroin Nine Times
 on Tonic/VICE

I was pregnant while addicted to heroin. Methadone saved my baby's life. on Vox
They were opioid addicts on their way to recovery. Then the hurricane hit.
on Vox