Children of Polygamy: Life Outside the Compound

"[These children] are like people who have come from one culture into another, in some ways they're similar to immigrants," said Allen Tate Wood, another former member of Moon's cult and now a public educator about cults. "Now they're faced with a whole myriad of challenges to come to terms with in the larger world."

While the Texas authorities hope to learn about the compound from the women and children, these individuals will likely take offense at authorities who, according to their religious doctrine, have not be authorized by God, said Wood.

"The ideology of the theology of the group is that their boss is ordained by God," said Wood. "Initially it's going to be very difficult for them to trust people."

Like Addiction, Indoctrination Recovery is Long

"Inside extremist organizations the addiction is deliberately induced," said Wood, who said the effect a cult has on an individual is similar to that of a drug or alcohol addiction. "When someone comes out, part of the process of healing and recovering is letting go of the addiction, and this case that means letting go of the theology, ideology of the group."

"As long as they still believe, they're still addicted," added Wood.

And while both Hassan and Wood told ABCNews.com they've seen children born into cults live highly functional lives, many others do not.

Unfortunately, much as drug addicts suffer with symptoms of withdrawal and battle temptation, so do former cult members.

"People have flashbacks and sort of a depersonalization where the individual loses all sense of identity," said Wood. "They don't know how to make a decision because they've always referred it to a leader before."

"People often do go back," said Wood. "Some come all the way out and then they just fall back into them – they don't find the way to survive as free agents."

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