The length of your Suboxone treatment depends on what your doctor, you, and, possibly, your counselor or therapist decide is best for your needs. Although short-term treatment may be an effective option for some, for others it may not allow enough time to address the psychological and behavioral aspects of their condition. The chance of relapsing can be higher with short-term treatment because patients have less time to learn the skills needed to maintain an opioid-free lifestyle. In general, suppressing cravings with Suboxone (for as long as necessary), together with counseling, offers the best likelihood for treatment success. Discontinuing Suboxone abruptly can cause withdrawal symptoms, so when you are ready, your doctor will gradually taper your Suboxone dose. You should be aware of signs of relapse or withdrawal symptoms. Discard any leftover pills to ensure that they aren’t used by anyone else.