It sounds like you are doing the right thing. When your doctor is ready to start weaning you off of the Suboxone, see if he/she minds you doing a very gradual taper off the medicine. If you taper slow enough you can avoid withdrawal altogether. If you like tinkering with charts and stuff, you can use this taper charting tool to plot out a tapering schedule, and even show your doctor and see if your doc is okay with it.
My readers say that tapering down to 1 or 2 mg daily isn't too hard but getting below 1mg sucks. So they take the part from 1mg to zero REALLY slow. Suboxone is strong stuff, a micro-dose is enough to kill withdrawal it just takes an hour or so.
If someone were steady state at 16mg and was to start tapering down, my readers would probably say ask their doctor for permission to do taper like below (it will minimize withdrawal to almost nothing) otherwise your doc will probably take you cold-turkey from 1mg and it will suck after day 3. Most docs laugh about that and say 1mg isn't enough to feel withdrawal but 99% of my readers say 1mg is way too high to stop cold-turkey. Most doctors won't mind letting you taper slower, it is probably safer anyway.
So say you were taking 16 mg for a few months and doc says time to taper down, my readers favorite taper for 16 mg takes at least one week per milligram on average...
Normal Dose was around 16mg then....
Taper Week 1 = 14mg daily (1 3/4 of 8mg film)
Taper Week 2 = 12mg daily (1 1/2 of 8mg film)
Taper Week 3 & 4 = 8mg daily
Taper Week 5 & 6 = 6mg daily (3/4 of 8mg film)
Taper Week 7 & 8 = 4mg daily ( 1/2 of 8mg film)
Taper Week 9 & 10 = 2mg daily (1/4 of 8mg film)
Taper Week 11 & 12 = 1mg daily (1/8 of 8mg film)
Taper Week 13 &-14 = .5mg daily (1/16 of 8mg film)
Taper Week 15 & 16 = .25mg daily (1/32nd of 8mg film use razor or scissors)
Taper Week 17 & 18 = .25mg daily every other day
Taper Week 19 & 20 = .25mg daily every third day
*some people still get withdrawal from .25 and they slice .125mg (1/64th of a 8mg Film, super hard to cut that small) but cold turkey from .25mg is usually low enough to avoid bad withdrawals.
** always give a dose at least 2 hours after taking before deciding if it worked or not especially very low doses.
** I am not a doctor, this is for entertainment purposes only!