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Crazy does not even begin to describe those nuts.
Imagine going to a board meeting, in a suit and tie, and then having the CEO literally jump across the table and start beating the crap out of you.
And no one doing anything about it.
At some moment, there can be this epiphanic moment where they say, fuck it I'm out.
Ever see one of those elephants at the circus that has its leg tied to a spike in the ground? Think about it. That elephant could effortlessly break that rope and walk away. So why does it stay? Because when it was a baby, they tied it to a concrete reinforced anchor with a chain that it couldn't break. So it grows up thinking that it can't break a restraint on its leg and doesn't even try. Conditioning is a powerful thing.
Cults use a similar tactic to abusive relationships. They cut someone off from family and friends and convince them they have nowhere else to go. In the case of Scientology, they cut people off from non Scientology family and friends. So not only do people who want to leave Scientology think they can't go to their non Scientology friends, they also think that leaving means they have to abandon their family and friends in Scientology.