Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Former Member of Legion and Regnum, please seek Help....#28 in the series "How to get a loved one Out..."
in the previous post I added a personal PS which may have gone unnoticed. It has to do with getting "professional" help, something that many of us are loath to do because....we think no one will understand, or it was our fault, or they will blame us, or ours was a one of a kind experience, or it was spiritual and not psychological or.... So I wrote the following for you and your loved ones:
CRY FROM MY HEART
There is no substitute for good individual and group therapy, IMHO.
Personally, my path to Recovery passed through Pastoral Therapy, Psychotherapy, Freely chosen Retreats, Involvement with International Cultic Studies Association, Communication with other former members of Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi, and the support of friends and family. It also helped me to help others.
See a fuller description in my memoir.
Dear Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi Cult Survivor don't try to go it alone.
My "mentor" Fr John Powell says: If you bury a problem alive, it doesn't die; it stays alive. Please have the courage to reach out for help. The sooner the better. Life is too short. Do not expect or wait for the Legion/Regnum to do anything for you.
Seek Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Therapy or Psychotherapy from a trained therapist, with a degree, with a clinical license, and free from LC/RC toxicity. Preferably someone who has experience with Cult survivors. The latter will understand.