The Duggar family announced today that Josh Duggar is seeking help in his “journey toward wholeness and recovery” at a long-term treatment center. Here is the statement posted on the family blog this morning:
We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and prayers for our family during this most difficult situation with Josh. As parents we are so deeply grieved by our son’s decisions and actions. His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear. Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center. For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change. In the meantime, we will be offering our love, care and devoted support to Anna and our grandchildren as she also receives counsel and help for her own heart and future. During this time we continue to look to God — He is our rock and comfort. We ask for your continued prayers for our entire family.
With phrases such as “he has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear,” this statement is the hardest we’ve seen Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar come down on their son. However, the announcement that Josh is getting treatment leads to the big, unanswered question about the nature of that program. Although the Duggars didn’t give away any details, Gawker reports Josh’s younger brother John-David, a licensed pilot, logged a trip to Rockford, Illinois, at 10:45 on Monday night. John-David spent ten minutes on the ground before he turned around and returned to Arkansas. Reformers Unanimous, a Christian treatment center supported by the Duggars, is also located in Rockford.
According to Reformers Unanimous’ website, their residential treatment center is “a revolutionary faith based residential discipleship program developed from over a decade of experience working with hundreds of thousands of troubled people.” It involves 8-10 hours of volunteer work per day in the service of God, prayer groups, and services at the nearby North Love Baptist Church.
They have one program for “Men Who Hurt,” which is described as follows:
Reformers Unanimous Men’s Schools of Discipleship exists to help men who hurt. Whether they have pained or been pained, we assist them to a position of lasting victory over those pains to gain the prosperity of a victorious life. We accomplish this through up to 6 months of intensive discipleship consisting of prayer, study, mentoring, Biblical education and work place training.
The announcement that Josh is in treatment comes shortly after a XXX star opened up about the “creepy” details of her “traumatic” sexual relationship with Josh.