Subutex addiction refers to the compulsive use of the medication Subutex, which is a brand name for buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist used to treat opioid addiction. Subutex is often used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals who are dependent on opioids, such as heroin or prescription painkillers. With more people being prescribed addictive opioid based medications there is concern if the UK has a growing opioid epidemic problem?

If a loved one is using Subutex more than prescribed or sourcing the medication illegally it could be a sign they have an addiction. Speak to our Treatment Advisors for a free assessment.


Although Subutex is an effective medication for treating opioid addiction, it is also a highly addictive drug and can lead to physical and psychological dependence with long-term use. Individuals who regularly use Subutex may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and sweating when they stop using the drug. A medically-supervised Subutex detox may be the best path for someone in this stage of addiction.


The signs and symptoms of Subutex addiction can vary from person to person, but some common signs and symptoms include:

  • Tolerance: The need for higher and higher doses of Subutex to achieve the desired effects.
  • Withdrawal symptoms: Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating, and muscle aches when Subutex use is stopped or reduced.
  • Continued use despite negative consequences: Using Subutex despite experiencing negative consequences such as physical, psychological, or social problems.
  • Changes in behaviour: Changes in mood or behaviour, including increased secrecy, social isolation, and neglect of responsibilities.
  • Obsessive thoughts about using Subutex: Constantly thinking about the drug, seeking ways to obtain it, and engaging in risky behaviours to obtain it.
  • Physical signs: Dilated pupils, drowsiness, slurred speech, and impaired coordination.
  • Neglect of personal hygiene: Neglect of personal hygiene and appearance.

It is important to note that Subutex addiction can occur even when the medication is taken as prescribed, and that individuals who have developed a dependence on the drug may experience withdrawal symptoms even when attempting to taper off or stop the medication therefore a medically supervised Subutex detox is often required. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seeking help from a medical professional or addiction specialist is important to address the underlying causes and develop an effective treatment plan.