I think that some people punish themselves so severely that they seek escape in addictions - to work, alcohol and other drugs, gambling, sex and/or computer games. Or watching TV, listening to music incessantly, social media or discussion forums (fora?).
I'm glad you restarted talking to me...
I partially agree with your comment, but I'm not sure I understand exactly the relation between addiction and self-punishment. If you have more details it would be great to discuss further.