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How Long Does Suboxone Withdrawal Last?

Suboxone is a common medication given to opiate addicts to aid in their recovery narcotics and heroin. It is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, and is commonly referred to as opioid replacement therapy. Some people may stay on the drug for long periods of time after having stopped all other opioids. The issue with Suboxone, is that it is also addictive, and will produce withdrawal symptoms similar to other opioids if the user quits “cold turkey.”

The duration and severity of these symptoms is dependent on how long a person was taking Suboxone, and vary from person to person. It can be a long withdrawal, and most of the physical symptoms will subside after one month. As with other drugs, even though the physical side of dependence is gone, psychological dependence can remain. Before getting into the withdrawal timeline, the following are common symptoms one can expect from Suboxone withdrawal:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Insomnia or drowsiness
  • Indigestion and stomach aches
  • Anxiety, irritability, and depression
  • Fever, sweating, or chills
  • Headache and neck stiffness
  • Difficulty focusing and concentrating
  • Cravings

The first 72 hours of Suboxone withdrawal are the worst, as symptoms peak at the 72 hour mark. Most of the physical symptoms are within this time period. In the first week after stopping the drug, symptoms are usually down to general aches and pains, with mood swings and insomnia. At around one to two weeks, an individual may feel symptoms of depression, but other physical symptoms subside and they may have more energy. At two to four weeks, post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) begins, and severe cravings and moodiness is prevalent.

Unfortunately, within the first few months of stopping Suboxone, many people relapse. This time frame is incredibly fragile and it is imperative that the addict have a support network, an aftercare plan, and is continually working on relapse prevention. Therapy, residential and outpatient programs, sober living, and 12-Step or similar programs are all highly beneficial to the individual during this time. Recovery from addiction happens together, and no one should try to go at it alone.




If you are struggling with addiction, call the Serenity Recovery Center. You don’t have to feel the way you are now, any longer. Our detox center will safely and comfortably taper you down from all chemicals so that you can begin a new life in recovery. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). You can do this. Your life can change, and you can recover. Call now.