Suboxone: Is it Addictive?

Suboxone is a medication used to treat narcotic addiction and primarily works by preventing withdrawal symptoms. It contains a combination of buprenorphine, pronounced ‘byoo-pre-NOR-feen/nal-OX-own) and Naloxone. Buprenorphine is similar to other narcotics (opioids) like morphine, codeine and heroin, but the euphoric feeling is less and therefore easier to stop taking. Naloxone on the other hand actually blocks the effects of buprenorphine, but only when injected. If administered under the tongue it will not block the effects.

Understanding the definition between addiction, physical dependence, and tolerance is helpful when asking a question regarding an addiction. Sometimes they are mistaken for the same thing.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Pain Society, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment recognize these definitions as the current accepted definitions.

  1. Addiction is a primary, chronic neurobiological disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.
  2. Physical Dependence is a state of adaptation that is manifested by a drug class specific withdrawal syndrome that can be produced by abrupt cessation, rapid dose reduction, decreasing blood level of the drug, and/or administration of an antagonist.
  3. Tolerance is a state of adaptation in which exposure to a drug induces changes that result through reduction of one or more of the drug’s effects over time.

So, in essence, by taking Suboxone the patient is not necessarily ‘trading one addiction for the other’ but actually trading one life threatening situation, which is addiction, for the inconvenience of taking a pill or an injection, which is a physical dependence. The physical dependence to opioids still remains, but it can be medically managed.

Pat Moore Foundation teams up with D’Amore Healthcare. D'Amore Healthcare specializes in treating mental health and behavioral illness along with the wide variety of addictions such as alcoholism, opiate addiction, cocaine addiction, crystal meth addiction, and prescription drug abuse.

Our caring, qualified staff is here for you. If you have any questions regarding help for yourself or a loved one please contact our us anytime 24 hours a day at 714.375.1110 or fill out the contact form.


It would be nice if your company adds in there that Suboxone is very addicting I've been on Subs. for about a year now and lost my insurince so of chorse I lost my Dr that was helping me with the Detox, but Ive tried to stop taking Subs. Im on day 14. and Im so sick and in pain that it would have been nice if my Dr let alone someone would have told me that when I got off "OC'S" and started to take Subs. that I would have the hardest time trying to detox from Subs. Dont get me wrong it helped me fight the drugs I was taking, but now Im fighting a even wrose battle trying to beat the Suboxone addiction, in my mind it's just not right that I had no clue I was going to fight one thing just to fight another. I thank you should add in your information about Suboxone that there addicting too. I don't know how much longer I will be sick but I pray to god it will be over soon.

Sorry to Complain but I just wish someone would have told me instead of me having to find out on my own.

Detoxing from suboxone

I would like to reply to the previous anonymous person's comments, and to anyone else in this similar situation. I was on suboxone for about 2 years, while enrolled in an outpatient addiction recovery center. When I made the decision to get off of it, I followed the instructions of my doctor at the facility. I weened off very slowly over a number of months. I had no idea what I was in for. My withdrawal symptoms started the day after my last dose. It was the worst feeling imaginable!! I told my husband that I would rather be in excruciating pain than suffering the way I was. I had detoxed from opiates many times on my own, and the symptoms never lasted more than 3 days. After a week of agony, I finally decided to see my primary care doctor. She prescribed a couple of medications to help ease some of the symptoms, and considered admitting me into the hospital (that was how bad it was), but we decided to wait a couple of days to see if I was any better. The very next day, my blood pressure was so high, the nurse instructed me to go straight to the ER because I was in danger of having a stroke. The ER doctors tried 2 different types of oral medication with no success, and finally had to put in a central line. That was a week ago. I am now on 4 new medications to help alleviate the symptoms, 2 of which are to keep my blood pressure from skyrocketing again. Although my symptoms are somewhat alleviated, I am still going through withdrawal and feeling like crap...2 weeks and counting.

I had no idea that I would go through withdrawal from suboxone,
that it would be so agonizing, and it would last so long. I can honestly say that suboxone withdrawal is at least 10 times worse than opiate withdrawal. I would strongly advise anyone to think long and hard before taking this drug. A person can only go through this feeling for so long before becoming so desperate they will do anything to stop it. For anyone else that may be going through this, please go and see your doctor as soon as possible. Hopefully, they will give you the help you need.
Unfortunately, I was told that suboxone withdrawal can possibly take up to 5 weeks.

Also sorry to complain, but I think patients need to be warned about the serious effects of this dangerous drug!! Good luck to anyone else out there who is also suffering. Believe me, you are not alone!!!

Suboxone Detoxing

Thanks you for the comment, and sorry to hear you've experience or are experiencing this type of withdrawal.

As part of our Suboxone detox protocol, once the Suboxone treatment is completed clients are under supervision for 48 hours to monitor any Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) related symptoms.

If you need help, please call us at: (888) 426-6086. We are available 24/7!

Suboxone withdrawal

Thank you for taking the time to comment, and I am sorry it has taken this long to get back to you.

Sad to hear when anyone suffers in anyway. Please send us an email at [email protected] or you can call us at 888.426.6086 and we will be happy to speak to you, or one of our counselors will follow up with you directly.

We do hope you are feeling better.

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