Here in this season of Thanksgiving, we at Team Paradise are grateful for mental health professionals who work hard to help the hurting. Many spiritual abuse survivors suffer from PTSD, and often they go undiagnosed for many, many years.
Folks involved in high-demand churches and organizations generally have no idea what it means to take a break. They’ve never known a retreat.
Fortunately, there are two places in the United States that provide gentle healing for folks who need it.
First, if you’ve seen our DVD, you’ve seen a few of the folks from Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center. In fact, a full 10% of producers’ profits for Wellspring go directly to a victim’s assistance fund for folks who desperately need the counseling Wellspring has to offer.
For over 25 years, Wellspring has helped hundreds of spiritual abuse survivors with their restful retreat. The goal of Wellspring’s two week intensive retreat is to truly jump start healing so that clients can take back their lives – or maybe, like Esther in Paradise Recovered – learn what it means to truly live for the first time.
Another amazing place that clients often attend after their time at Wellspring is MeadowHaven.
From their website, “MeadowHaven exists to provide a refuge for former members of high control, destructive groups to rest, heal, and grow. By understanding their experience in an abusive environment and acquiring the skills necessary for life outside the group, MeadowHaven helps former members recover their ability to be thriving contributors to society. Healing is fostered in the context of healthy community, relationships with other former members with similar experiences, and a supportive staff who understand the processes of thought reform, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), identity confusion, chronic emotional disturbance, etc.”
Many times, survivors believe that what happened to them just isn’t “that bad.” That if they worked harder, or if they prayed more, they would be able to get better on their own. In a high-demand church, you aren’t allowed to be human or have struggles. PTSD is a treatable condition, and you can get better with the right kind of help.
We’re proud at Paradise Recovered to be able to point survivors in these two directions. We’re grateful for the people who work so hard to keep Wellspring and MeadowHaven open and thriving. And we’re committed to sharing our profits with these two fine organizations.
Abused people deserve rest. And Wellspring and MeadowHaven are places where folks can find peace.