When a person has been with someone who completely isolates them from friends and family, they may have a difficult time trying to leave the relationship. People they have known for years have been neglected, and they have moved on with their lives. Rather than having any support, a person finds they are on their own when they choose to leave. This makes getting out of the relationship difficult unless a person has enough resources, and isolating partners often ensure they are unable to leave without help.
Reconnecting with friends and family may be difficult, but it is not always impossible. Long time friends may be willing to assist when they realize the person has made a firm choice to sever their bad relationship. Family will often forgive a person, but they may offer only limited assistance. In both cases, the person who was isolated will find they need to work to repair their former relationships before they are completely accepted again.