Yes, but -- falling into two spectral
(vs. absolutely polarized) categories (those who are still attached and committed vs. those who are detached and disgusted) -- there are two different approaches.
Ross is himself a deprogrammer willing to do lengthy "rational exorcisms" with those who are still attached, committed and emotionally invested. And there are others out there using such techniques as Albert Ellis's Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Jeffrey Young's Schema Therapy, Vincent Ruggiero's collegiate critical thinking and other "thought questioning" strategies with those who are still attached and committed.
More recently, one sees combinations of those methods with mindfulness or "insight" meditation techniques very much like those used by many Asian-style and LGAT / NLP cults... and thus often acceptable to the attached / committed cult member.
In general, "success" rates are not high with the purely rational techniques. We don't know enough about the success rates with the meditation "crossover" strategy. But because MM is self-awareness-raising and
can be used to bleed off emotional energy (e.g.: paranoia, rage, grief, shame, guilt, anxiety, depression, manic defensiveness, etc.) resulting from cultic manipulation of an attached / committed / invested member's codepedency (see this article
), the latter approach may work with those who are still invested in and identified with the cult.
With regard to those who are more toward the detached and disgusted end of the spectrum (because it is
often "partial" rather than purely polarized to one end or the other), "psychoeducation" appears to work well. In no small part, this is because while the exiter may still be depressed, anxious, confused, etc., he or she wants
OUT, and is motivated to find whatever path it takes to get
free of his or her "withdrawal" symptoms.
Such psychoeducation can include the following:Coercive Persuasion and Attitude Change: A CommentaryThe Effects of Double Binding upon Cult Members & Treatment ThereofAbuse of Point of Focus Meditation for Mind Controlhttp://pairadocks.blogspot.com/2016/08/understanding-co-dependence-as-soft.html
And Lord only know how many other effective "crowbars" there may be now that cult deprogramming and exit counseling have grown to the extent and level of sophistication they have in the face of the explosion of cults in "free" societies like those in Western Europe, North America and Australia.