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I'm still withdrawling from suboxone, 45 days after I stopped. However, I didn't taper like you did over 2 months, but instead over five days. Also, I was opiate dependent for over 20 years, with 15 on both methadone and heroin. Still, i've never had a withdrawal experience like this one. Not very intense, but it keeps on going, just like the Energizer bunny. It may be because I transitioned from methadone to suboxone without ever truly going through the meth kick, and am really feeling its delayed effects. Or again, it may be the lenghth of my use, and the fact that I'm coming off of a really weird drug. One thing that's surpsied me--very few cravings. I wonder if a year on suboxone has temporarily rewired my brain.

PS BTW, I took small doses of benzos to address my withdrawal symptoms for the 1st five days. The next day I'd wake up inevitably feeling worse It seems implausible that a benzo would interfere with the process of restarting the body's natural production of endorphins, but then again I know little about the neurochemistry of addiction, and less about the way suboxone/buprenorphine works.