Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms
While Suboxone can be an effective drug to aid in recovery from opiate dependence, it is often a drug that is taken for long periods of time after the user has stopped taking other addictive opioids. Despite its effectiveness, Suboxone is an addictive med. As a partial opioid agonist, Suboxone produces similar withdrawal effects to other opioids if it is quit “cold turkey.”
Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Muscle aches
- Digestive distress
- Drug cravings
- Concentration difficulties
The symptoms can vary in severity and duration, depending on how long users have been taking Suboxone, as well as the dosage of the drug. “Cold turkey” is possible, but the best route is to recruit an experienced partner in recovery – which is exactly what Compass Detox is.
Suboxone Withdrawal Timelines
Generally, most physical withdrawal symptoms will subside after one month, though psychological dependence can still remain.
First 72 Hours
Symptoms are the worst in the first 72 hours of Suboxone withdrawal. This is when most physical symptoms are experienced.
In the first week after discontinuation of Suboxone, symptoms generally subside to general aches and pains in the body, as well as insomnia and mood swings.
After the second week, depression is the biggest symptom
After one month, users will likely still be experiencing intense cravings and depression. This is the most delicate time after stopping Suboxone use, as users have a great potential for relapse.
Building an effective, personalized treatment plan is incredibly important during this time. Having supports in place for when cravings and weaknesses hit will serve to head-off relapse and a complete restart of the entire withdrawal and recovery process. This support and personalized treatment plan building is a huge part of the track record of success present at Compass Detox.