Control means safer use to reduce harm, being mindful about how much and how often you use, and being prepared to make changes early.
Your study, work or home responsibilities are sliding because of your drug use (e.g. skipping class or work, or neglecting your children).
Your drug use is getting you into trouble with the law, such as arrests for disorderly behaviour, driving under the influence, or stealing to get money for drugs.
You’ve built up a tolerance which means you need more of the drug to feel the effect you want.
You’ve stopped doing the stuff you used to love doing, like previous interests, sport, and social activities. Instead, you've given that time to use drugs.
Your life revolves around using drugs and doing what ever it is that you do on drugs. You spend way too much time using, thinking about, planning to get, or recovering from the effects of drugs.
If you go too long without drugs, you experience withdrawal symptoms like nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, or anxiety.
You do more drugs, more often than you told yourself you should. You may want to stop using, but you've lost or are losing control.
Your relationships are strained because of your drug use. This could include fights with your partner or whānau members, an unhappy boss, or the loss of old friends.
You're embarrassed or ashamed about the stuff you do when high; like driving high, using dirty needles, hanging with people you normally wouldn't, having sex for drugs, or risky sex.
He offered me some and I was curious. I’ll always try something once, and I tried it. Unfortunately I liked it.