If not HOpe, what other ministries near ASU would you RECOMMEND?
There are many healthy ministries who operate in the Phoenix area and have lots of ASU students involved. Which one you would prefer will depend on personal factors. You can find a directory of the groups in ASU's Council of Religious Advisers here. Another page on ASU's site surveys over 50 Christian groups and clubs that involve ASU students here.
Why do you use the word "cult" to describe hope and their parent churches?
This is why we pull all of the "indicators" on this site from outside sources, and then include our testimonies under the umbrella of these references. We use the word "cult" because that is the word used by Christian scholarship, and sociological and psychological scholarship to describe groups like Hope.
What would you recommend people do who have been spiritually
Don't let it define you or your relationship with God. Build your relationship with Christ yourself as much and as often as you can, through your study of His word and fellowship with Him. Also if you feel shaken or timid in your spiritual life afterwards, remember that the main component of our relationship with God isn't our subjective day-to-day experience, but our spiritual union with Christ by the Holy Spirit; you will always be God's adopted. And don't be afraid of experiencing community again. Now you'll have an eye out for "bad apples", but don't get paranoid- most groups aren't abusive. Plus, when you do find a healthy community, it will be like a breath of fresh air.