Elizabeth brico is a freelance writer from the Pacific Northwest. She is the site author of e.b. writes: writing on writing, and Betty’s Battleground–a blog about life after trauma, which was ranked #26 on Feedspot’s list of top 75 PTSD blogs in 2017. She previously worked as 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, Octavia Butler, and Ursula LeGuin.


Broward County
Willing to relocate, galaxy negotiable

Writing Clips


This is what happens when you can’t get methadone


Published Writing

Elizabeth Brico on HealthyPlace

How Ryan Henry Ward turned Seattle into a magical menagerie on Curbed-Seattle
Parenting in Poverty on Capitol Hill on Curbed-Seattle
Judges and Lawyers Ignorant of MAT Require Urgent Education Efforts on Filter
Let’s Embrace the Christmas Miracle of Naloxone on Filter
Six Months Since My Daughters Were Taken, Here’s How the System Punishes Past Drug Use on Filter
Stigma and Strip Searches: We Still Treat People on Methadone as Less Than Human on Filter
Halo Effect/Disposition on Hock Spit Slurp
Stranger in a Strange Land: Growing Up Cuban-American Under the Embargo on Latino Rebels
Bad Mom on Lunch Ticket
A Portrait of the Artist as an Addict on OZY
This Drug Activist Doesn’t Want Addicts to Stop Using–Himself Included on OZY
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

How to Buy Nothing, Get Stuff, and Make Friends on Racked
Shopping Helped Me Reinvent Myself After Abuse on Racked

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
For Domestic Violence Survivors, Courts Can Be Another Abuse on Talk Poverty
For Low-Income People, Generosity is a Survival Tactic on Talk Poverty
Hepatitis C Patients Are Being Forced Into Underground Buyers Clubs on Talk Poverty
How Child Protective Services Can Skip Due Process on Talk Poverty
Poverty Isn’t Neglect, But the State Took My Children Anyway on Talk Poverty
Six Months Into #MeToo, We Still Aren’t Helping Victims Heal on Talk Poverty
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
An Open Letter to Addiction Treatment Providers on The Fix
Can Mindfulness Meditation Help Prevent Relapse? on The Fix

Opioid Addiction and Pregnancy: Why are Doctors Ignoring Best Practices? on The Fix
Should Your Breastfeed Your Baby If You’re on Methadone? on The Fix
The Problem with “Addicted Babies” on The Fix
Trauma and Addiction In College 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
Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test? 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 Baby Was Born With A Drug Dependence on Tonic/VICE
My Trauma Led Me to Self-Medication with Heroin on Tonic/VICE
This Is How Physical Abusers Manipulate Their Targets on Tonic/VICE
This Is What It’s Like To Overdose On Heroin Nine Times
 on Tonic/VICE
This Is What Meth-Induced Psychosis Feels Like on Tonic/VICE
What It’s Like to Detox in Jail on Tonic/VICE
New Algorithms Perpetuate Old Biases in Child Welfare Cases on Undark
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
Am I an Addict, a Person with a Substance Use Disorder, Or Both? on WorkIt Health