Even after ending a spiritually abusive relationship, the effects of religious trauma are ongoing. In fact, it is usually not until after leaving an abusive environment that the extent of religious trauma is discovered and healing can begin. A survivor may question their self-worth, career path, relationships, finances, purpose or other decisions in light of their past experience, even after they are no longer in an abusive environment. The effect is ongoing, and because the abuse was spiritual, it is pervasive across the survivor’s mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Coming to terms with spiritual abuse after leaving or being forced out of a faith community is often when survivors recognize what they experienced for what it was and can begin finding space for themselves to rebuild their identity and self-worth. Overcoming spiritual abuse by unraveling the effects of religious trauma will take time and may not be a linear process. Some survivors experience debilitating effects in their relationships, careers, and identity that surface unexpectedly. Others may never be able to join a faith community again. Many discover new ways of spiritual engagement. The common denominator is that recovering from trauma takes time and patience, especially when the trauma was subtle and surreal, with a psychological and spiritual impact difficult to pin down.