Us opiate addicts hate withdrawals. Suboxone withdrawal is scarey, but it doesn't have to be. Some people experience almost no withdrawal symptoms, which is lucky and awesome. If you are not one of the lucky ones, I have made a loose timeline for withdrawal. Most of the Suboxone withdrawal timelines online are bullshit, saying that the worst symptoms peak at 72 hours. Suboxone withdrawal can be a slow burn. Here is a possible timeline.
Count your time in weeks, not days!
Everyone's experience with suboxone withdrawal is different.
This is a very generic timeline:
Week 1 - Feels like riding waves. One moment, you're okay and the next you're losing your shit. If you jumped from a high dose, your serious withdrawals may take a few days to kick in.
Week 2 - Feels like week one. Your symptoms may become more gentle towards the end of the week. There might be a big climactic peak, where the demon is exorcised, and then the light at the end of the tunnel is visible, or things might just slowly get better overall. Isomnia can be a bitch, and if you do suffer from crippling insomnia, get help!
Week 3 - The cakewalk week. Things are on the upswing. If you are still feeling like week 1, get out of your head and get your ass outside. Keep it up, you have made it this far. Remember, you won't ever (hopefully) have to go through this again.
The Beyond - For some, they walk off into the sunset during this time and live happily ever after, for others, this is where the healing begins. PAWS, the symptoms that don't want to let go, might be depression, cravings, insomnia, etc. They might come and go in a flash or they might linger. Know your options for dealing with them.