Elizabeth Brico

Elizabeth is a journalist from the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared in publications including Vox, Tonic/Vice, TalkPoverty, HealthyPlace and The Establishment. She has an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University. She also writes about trauma, addiction and recovery on her blog, Betty’s Battleground.

It Took a Pandemic to Improve Some People’s Access to Opioid Addiction Meds

“I’m great! I’m having so much fun!” Bill Kinkle tells me on the phone. His happiness is jarring. After hours…

5 days

The Real Harms of Abusive, Stigmatizing Language in Addiction Treatment

Ironically, the conversation that spurred a peer-support specialist at a buprenorphine program to yell me out of the room was…

3 weeks

Does a “Dialectical Abstinence” Program Qualify as Harm Reduction?

I first heard the term “dialectical abstinence” in the summer of 2019, several weeks into an intensive outpatient program (IoP)…

1 month

Let’s End Dangerous Wait Times for Accessing Opioid Use Disorder Meds

I had never been in trouble my whole life. Then I got in major trouble,” said Nikki, a 35-year-old woman…

3 months

How to Be a Better Employer for People With Addiction or Mental Illness

It can be daunting to try to hold down a job while struggling with mental illness or drug addiction, as…

4 months

Screen Depictions of Parents Who Use Drugs Still Fuel Stigma and Punishment

Let’s play a game. I’m going to describe a scene, and you guess which movie it’s from. A thin, Black…

5 months

Witnessed Urine Screens in Drug Treatment: Humiliating and Harmful

My heart drummed in time to my racing thoughts, which repeated an increasingly urgent command. Just. Fucking. Pee. But instead…

5 months

If We Wrote About Caffeine Like We Do Other Drugs…

Genelle Chaconas can’t go a day without caffeine. They consume the powerful stimulant in the form of coffee—a psychoactive drink…

10 months

Our Irrational Cruelty to Pregnant or Parenting People Who Use Drugs

Keri, now 35 and studying to become an addiction treatment counselor in Illinois, learned she was pregnant in 2016. In…

12 months

A Cop at My Bedside: The Nightmare of Disclosing MAT Before Giving Birth

I gave birth to my elder daughter in Palm Beach County, Florida in 2014. She was delivered by paramedics after…

12 months