A cult can be defined as a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious, or a great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work. While not all cults are religious, they usually are secretive organizations that may recruit members through false premises. Harmful effects of cults can also be seen in individuals who have left cults. Even those who have willingly left a destructive cult may experience withdrawal.
After leaving a cult, a person may feel guilt, anxiety, or depression; fear large groups; have emotional outbursts; and experience insomnia, amnesia, or sexual experience dysfunction. Children raised in a cult may find it difficult to integrate into society, and those who were sexually abused may become hypersexualized. Members who wish to break free of a cult often have difficulty and may experience psychological effects after leaving. While there can be psychological consequences of involvement in a cult, studies suggest that some of the psychological challenges which people have reported experiencing on leaving these groups are likely to be alleviated, to a degree, by time and from contact with a support group.
The Grooming Alchemist believes they can create positive and optimal outcomes for people in the former witness community by instilling proper tools, character, positive mental health practices, and overall life skills in all people.
The founder, Charlie McCoy, will oversee the overall management and operations of the organization with the help of the board. Charlie McCoy believes strength is in numbers, and power is in resources and opportunities. This mission is bigger than the founder, and he will work tirelessly to uplift former witnesses, providing resources to allow them to thrive in life as overcomes.
The Grooming Alchemist is quite optimistic that its values will help drive the organization to accomplish its mission. Although there are a considerable number of alternatives, The Grooming Alchemist will map out a unique model that will help it gain quick and sustainable acceptance. The Grooming Alchemist will champion an organization-to-organization partnership strategy to reach potential members and affiliates. By utilizing this multi-channel approach, The Grooming Alchemist will be able to carry out its mission in its entirety and efficiently make strides towards its vision.