Resources: Someplace to Begin
the Healing Journey



Where does one begin on the healing journey? It feels overwhelming when someone first leaves an order that was once thought to be the only truth. It is devastating when one finds out their entire belief system was built upon nothing but a delusion — sand!

The Health page stresses the need to be mindful of bodily health while undergoing a massive transition such as leaving the family religion. Furthermore, taking care of the "self" first is not selfish, unlike what many of us were taught. Self-care is a very important aspect of acquiring and maintaining excellent health. Seek professional help in whatever area of life, wherever help is needed.

Seek Help

The traumas that members experience must be validated in order for healing to begin. Validation makes the feelings real, and then a plan of action can be implemented to reclaim the lost parts of the self harmed by religion. Consult a doctor and if you don't have one, it may be a good time to locate one. A professional can then help you to obtain the assistance you need, including a psychiatrist / psychologist / therapist who understands the religious fears instilled in members of cults. And yes, Jehovah's Witnesses do fit into Robert J. Lifton's definition of a cult, if a member is ready to see it.

Helpful Links

Robert J. Lifton's definition of a cult. Robert J. Lifton believes that there exist eight criteria that determine the validity of the existence of a cult. He believes the Jehovah's Witnesses embody all eight — easily!

Barbara Anderson's Story, Member from Bethel (at Jehovah's Witnesses world headquarters in New York) unearthed story after story of abuse cover-ups, not necessarily by the elders, but by the head office top authorities, mostly unmarried men who knew about the abuses, but refused to act on any of the evidence. Barbara Anderson teamed up with Bill Bowen, founder of the Silent Lambs to bring the files to light. contains an arsenal of facts about Jehovah's Witnesses about which they wouldn't want you to know. An ex-Jehovah's Witness from several generations of Witnesses discovers the hypocricy of the organization and sets out to disclose the facts publicly for the world to read and decide for themselves: Does this resonate with me?

Trevor Scott's Geocities Website Trevor quotes a Jehovah's Witness magazine, revealing the contradictory beliefs of the religion. For example, "Reasonable persons agree that the only fair method is to examine the evidence on both sides, both for and against a disputed theory. That is how one arrives at the truth." — Awake!, October 22, 1973, page 6. Yet, truth is often suppressed by the religion and information taken out of context.

Support Forum for ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Their stated purpose: "The place to discuss anything relating to Jehovah's Witnesses and the WatchTower Bible and Tract Society... or just make new friends!"

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