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In order to be safe, detox must be medically monitored by professionals trained to assist in the event of an emergency, as well as to ensure comfort and ease symptoms during withdrawal.

About Suboxone

Suboxone is a highly addictive drug similar to Zubsolv; both contain the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. Studies have shown it to have opiate-like qualities, so it is a logical choice for doctors helping patients detox from opiate addictions to other more dangerous drugs, like heroin and morphine.
Suboxone is a sublingual film with an orange or citrusy taste that can be prescribed in many different strengths, depending on what your doctor thinks is best.
According to its prescribing information, Suboxone is used to treat narcotic addiction; however some people abuse it as a pain medication or to mitigate symptoms of depression.
It is extremely habit-forming, even at regularly prescribed doses.
Common side effects include a headache, sweating, and dizziness.
Common signs of a Suboxone overdose include irregular breathing, sleepiness, unusual fatigue or weakness, and dilated pupils.
If you think you or your loved one are suffering from a Suboxone addiction, it’s best to contact a medical detox facility immediately.

Suboxone Withdrawals

While Suboxone can be an effective medication to help 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 can also be addictive. As a partial opioid agonist, Suboxone produces similar withdrawal effects to other opioids if it is quit “cold turkey.”

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.

Suboxone withdrawal can last for as long as a month, and symptoms can include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy
  • Digestive distress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Drug cravings
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Concentration difficulties

Withdrawal Timeline

  • 72 Hours

    Physical symptoms at their worst

  • 1 Week

    Bodily aches and pains, insomnia, and mood swings

  • 2 Weeks


  • 1 Month

    Cravings and depression

Detox from Suboxone

Detoxing from Suboxone is possible, but can be difficult to do alone.
When you are detoxing from Suboxone, our licensed medical professionals will be able to provide you with a non-narcotic medication to help ease your withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms during detox from any drug will always be uncomfortable, but the experience is not the same for everyone. Whatever symptoms you or your loved one may experience, our team of medical professionals will work 24/7 to manage them and make your detox as comfortable and as painless as possible through the use of comfort meds and optional IV Therapy.

After Detox

Due to this prolonged potential withdrawal, it is important for those who have stopped taking Suboxone to be in contact with a medical professional to prevent relapse. During your time at Scottsdale Detox, we will work with you to determine the best next step in care and recommend after care treatments unique to your needs.



Struggling with addiction is hard enough, and trying to do it alone is practically impossible. Misuse of drugs or alcohol hides the underlying causes of your addiction and these will continue to disrupt your life until they are uncovered and addressed.

If you are reading this right now and need to change things in your life, please call us now. We understand how you feel and the struggle to pick up the phone. Our staff recognizes that people who try to quit by themselves oftentimes get frustrated and feel helpless when they can’t. You can, and we can help.


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