Resources and Support

Opioid Epidemic–Narconon: Scientology is Not a Treatment

By | 2017-07-13T11:29:34+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The opioid epidemic in the United States is claiming more lives than ever. Recent data estimates that 59,000 Americans died from drug-related causes in 2016. And, the estimate for 2017 is even higher. Much of this can be attributed to opioid addiction which often starts with dependency on prescribed painkillers that leads to abuse and illegal [...]

Ex-Members Supporting One Another is a Good Thing!

By | 2017-06-15T17:35:02+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was going to New York City to tape an interview for a one hour documentary on Heaven’s Gate and reached out to see if I could finally meet Todd Kadish, an attorney who is an ex-modern Orthodox Jew. Todd and I had had several very interesting phone calls and I really wanted to meet him [...]

“Conversion Therapy” is Dangerous and Abusive

By | 2017-06-11T13:25:04+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The 48th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is coming up on June 28, and many cities in America are holding Gay Pride parades and festivals around this time. With the Trump election and Mike Pence as Vice President, all the accomplishments advancing human rights seems like they are in jeopardy.  This week, I attended the [...]

Old Cult Objects: What to Do with Them?

By | 2017-06-06T13:16:35+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Scientology E-Meter Here is an exercise for recovering ex-members: Look around your home.  How many objects remind you of your former cult?  Do you still have cult clothing, books, music, or art?  How does having these objects affect you? I recently worked with a woman who had been out of a Korean cult for 7 years.  She [...]

Parental Alienation Harms Children by Using Undue Influence

By | 2017-05-07T08:05:49+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This past week, a very important legal custody case was decided which involves Infowars’ Alex Jones and his ex-wife Kelly. Kelly Jones was able to successfully show that her children had been turned against her and unduly influenced by Alex Jones. The judge awarded her the power to decide where her children will live from now [...]

An Index of FoM Blog Articles

By | 2017-07-22T20:40:00+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

  With so many topics and areas being covered by the Freedom of Mind blog, we have decided to create and maintain an index of articles for easy reference. I hope that this is helpful to all that visit our site. There is so much more information on our former database driven site which is still [...]

Asperger’s/Autism and Undue Influence

By | 2017-03-21T10:40:32+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Artwork (used with permission) by Benyamin Wurmfeld, a member of the AANE Artists Collaborative Twenty-three years ago, a family asked me for help with a young woman who was being recruited into Kip McKean's shepherding/discipleship group called the Boston Church of Christ*.  This case was particularly interesting because the young woman I was told had Asperger's [...]

Effective Healing Takes Hard Work

By | 2017-03-21T10:42:34+00:00 February 4th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  I’ve written before about why ex-members need to heal themselves before helping others. Even if they’re not interested in becoming a vocal activist against destructive cults, there are plenty of good reasons to learn about undue influence and work on personal recovery.  It still amazes me to encounter incredible ex-member activists who have not [...]

Stereotypical Profile of Cult Members

By | 2017-03-21T10:42:48+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

    A few people have asked me recently what a typical cult member looks like.  While every group and individual is unique, there are common patterns for how cult members think, feel, speak, and behave.  Check out the BITE Model and the right side of the Influence Continuum graphic.     Cult members become “clones” [...]

For Ex-Members: Surviving the Holidays

By | 2017-03-21T10:45:20+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  For many people, family-oriented holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah are loving, happy times: baking, singing, playing games, decorating, sleeping in, giving gifts, and spending time with family and friends.   However, for former members of “high-demand” groups, it can be a very difficult time. Especially for those with family members still involved with the group, [...]