Once a user takes cocaine on a regular basis, there tolerance level for the drug will increase, this will make the user want to use more periodically and in higher doses. The user then becomes dependent on the substance or addicted. Cue cocaine withdrawal symptoms, when the drug is discontinued the user will experience a “crash.” It’s called a crash because you go from being so high on the drug to almost an immediate fall. This crash puts a toll on the users body and which then the decision of letting the body run its natural course of detox off the drug or getting more drugs come into play. If the user decides to detox they will experience withdrawal symptoms along with the crash. Cocaine withdrawal symptoms include itching, mood swings, irritability, intense cravings for cocaine, paranoia, depression, and exhaustion. Imagine feeling extremely exhausted but not able to sleep because of paranoia. Withdrawal is an unpleasant state that occurs when someone stops taking a controlled substance, unlike other drugs cocaine withdrawal symptoms can last for months. Recovery is then that much harder with these lingering symptoms. The addict may try to ease these symptoms by self medicating with alcohol, sedatives, or benzodiazepines. This technique usually fails because it substitutes one substance for another.