The other day, we were discussing the similarities that a JW has to a drug addict. (or any form of addiction really)
As JWs, we constantly required "another hit" to keep the cravings at bay, or to keep the level of "high" as a "spiritual" person.
Yet another JW related activity - ministry, meetings, publications, assemblies etc...just to keep the high level of euphoria.
But what happens when the "drug" supply is cut off? What happens when they miss several meetings, assemblies and "spiritual food"? The level of "toxicity" within the body lessens, and the cravings can subside. Perhaps the REAL person can start to manifest out of the "drug induced" haze? Maybe they can see themselves without the need for "another fix"!?
So what can we do to help our loved ones who are still "JW-drug addicted"? Can we start to ween them off the supply? Can we start to introduce replacements to their fix? Maybe start to broaden their life activities and outlook? Introduce the reality of life outside of the "fake euphoric haze".
Offer to share fun times doing things in the community. Meet new people, see the positivity of life outside of the JW bubble! Introduce new ideas and perspectives on things...
But, as with someone escaping a drug addiction - withdrawal MUST be done slowly and carefully - to prevent them from relapsing.
Be patient, be calm, be loving.