You wrote: "In a way, it's kind of difficult not to talk about the Lord and religious things when that's exactly what we're in recovery for. But nevertheless, I get your drift."
In the sense of talking about how you felt while in the family i.e.: "I believed God was going to kill me and/or my family if I left" that is not going against this board. That is discussing the family dynamics and the screwed up thought reform via family indoctrination. When it comes to personal experience strength and hope,to say you found a faith is not going against this board. To get into details about that faith or to witness here or discuss biblical or issues of religion or quoting verses or the good that was in the family IS not for here but something that could be a really good addition to bible search. I wanted to see a forum where people could come that are triggered by those sorts of things and feel supported and comforted and build on self-esteem. At the same time, those who know what their faith is could come and talk and share their support and experiences in a way that encourages talking from that person's perspective without religious reference since we know who is Christian here. All could gain something from that here without compromising their personal beliefs while at the same time there are a number of boards that default to Christian discussion and debate.
All this to say you are welcome here in the context of the guidelines and you do have much to say that is great and certainly a way with words to paint a verbal picture that is inspiring and fun. I hope you keep posting.