Elizabeth Brico

Elizabeth Brico is a freelance writer with an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University. She is a journalism fellow with TalkPoverty and a recipient of the 2021/22 Unicorn Fund. She is also a regular contributing writer for HealthyPlace’s trauma blog. Her work has appeared on Vice, Vox, Stat News, The Fix, and others. When she isn’t working, she can usually be found reading, writing, or watching speculative fiction.

Question mark on green background. Is It Okay to Save Up Buprenorphine Doses?

Is It Okay To Save Up Buprenorphine Doses?

Patients who are taking buprenorphine sometimes feel the need to save up doses. This can be for a variety of factors, but generally centers around a fear of running out. But there are some potential issues that come with saving up doses.

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Person curled up on the floor in distress. Trauma and opioids: mental health and recovery

Trauma and Opioids

From movies like Deadpool to standup to TV sitcoms, the image of someone chasing away traumatic memories with a drink, a snort, or a shot has become a staple of pop culture. The result is that most people know that drug use, especially compulsive drug use, is tied to trauma—but they may not understand why, or how serious this reality truly is.

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What I Wish I Had Known During My MAT Pregnancies: Part III

In the prior segments, I talked about some of the social and medical issues related to MAT like Suboxone or methadone during pregnancy. Topics like stigma, medication side-effects, and neonatal withdrawal. In this final installation, I’ll go over some of the emotional and legal issues you may face.

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Pregnant woman looking at her smartphone. What I wish I'd known about medically-assisted treatment for opioids during my pregnancies.

What I Wish I Had Known During My MAT Pregnancy, Part II: Side Effects, NAS, and the NICU

I gave birth to the older of my two daughters while taking methadone to treat addiction to heroin. By the time I had my second daughter, I had switched to buprenorphine. I’m in a unique position to speak about my experiences with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and pregnancy due to my experiences with the two dominant medications used by pregnant women in recovery.

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Resources for Getting Help When Dealing With Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a significant issue in the United States. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence(NCADV), one in four women and one in nine men experience severe domestic violence, and one in three women and one in four men experience some form of violence in the home.

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