A Toxic Attachment' (a.k.a. an addiction) is a substance, behavioural, or relationshp dependency caused by the confluence of Toxic Socialization and Dopamine Attachment (Ratkovic & Sosteric, 2019). Under conditions of Chronic Toxicity, toxic Substance Attachments (a.k.a. substance addictions), Behavioural Attachments (a.k.a. behavioural addictions), and Relationship Attachments (i.e. co-dependency) can develop. Any substance, activity, or technology that can trigger a "dopamine hit" can cause a toxic attachment.
Potentially "addictive" substances/activities -> Heroine, cocaine, running, shopping, Facebook/social media use, masturbation, sex, etc.
Chronic emotional and psychological anguish can make you susceptible to addiction. This is because addictive substances give your brain much needed "pleasure" fixes. When you lack the hugs, kisses, and positive nurturing support all humans desperately need, you find substances that can give you the "hits" your Physical Unit desperately needs.
Toxic attachment, (whether it is to alcohol, shopping, money, etc.) can control your thoughts and govern your daily actions. Addiction causes you, among other things, to waste psychological and emotional energy on Addiction Defenses.
We lose valuable time defending our addiction, that could be used for healing and connection and instead waste in on our addictive behaviors. We defend our addictions by covering it up, by spending valuable time “servicing” the addiction, etc. Addictions can also directly undermine your body’s ability to connect. You can’t be properly connect while stupefying yourself with alcohol.
Ley, David J. "No, Dopamine Is Not Addictive". 2017. Psychology Today. January 6 2017. <https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/women-who-stray/201701/no-dopamine-is-not-addictive>.
Sosteric, Mike and Ratkovic, Gina (2019,BOOK2). Lightning Path Workbook Two: Healing. Lightning Path Press. , especially unit "A" is for Addiction.