Josh Duggar Is Being Treated at Hardcore Christian Rehab, Say Sources

By May Wilkerson 09/02/15

Maybe the hardcore Christian thing is why he's messed up in the first place?

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As reported earlier on The Fix, Josh Duggar is off to rehab to treat his alleged sex addiction. After the Ashley Madison hack exposed him for cheating on his wife, Anna, the former reality star blamed his infidelity on an addiction to pornography.

The Duggar family, made famous on the reality show 19 Kids and Counting, confirmed last week that their eldest son checked into rehab. But sources say he is being treated at Reformers Unanimous, a hardcore Christian rehab in Rockford, Ill.

This is not your typical high-end celebrity rehab, says PEOPLE, who visited the “no-frills” 1.5 acre facility to get the scoop. "It is not a country club," Tony Richardson, director of development at Reformers, tells the magazine. He says the center’s treatment model is "based solely on the Bible” and “it’s like going to college, but I don't know if it is as nice as that."

The center treats up to 40 men at a time, who stay in shared double rooms with bunk beds. Email and phone access are restricted, and patients must follow a strict schedule including waking up at dawn and lights out by 10 p.m. during the week.

During their stay, the patients are put to work cooking, serving, and doing mechanics and grounds work. Richardson says the recovery model relies on the men learning to "fulfill a full-time job and still be able to grow spiritually." The center treats various addictions “from a sin standpoint,” he says, though drug dependency is generally treated with outside medical help.

Patients typically attend the program for a six-month stretch, which is divided into 45-day segments. It’s compared to college in that they can check out whenever they want, but are not considered to have completed the program unless they stay for the full six months

"We call it the school of discipleship. The closer you get to the Lord, the further you get from what brought you here," says Richardson of the program, which has supposedly partnered with jails and helped more than 100 convicts throughout the years.

After they leave, patients are encouraged to seek continuing support in their local churches, which Richardson calls “God’s support group.” He credits this religious “after-care program” with the program’s high success rate and claims 80% of former patients have recovered.

To respect patient confidentiality, Richardson would not confirm or deny Duggar is a patient at the center, but the Duggars reportedly have a “relationship” with Reformers. "I believe they have referred people here in the past,” said Richardson of Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who spoke at a key note event at the facility in October 2014.

The Duggar family posted a statement on their website last Wednesday confirming Josh had entered treatment and thanked fans for their support. "As parents we are so deeply grieved by our son's decisions and actions,” they wrote. “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."

Josh was also the subject of scandal earlier this year when it was revealed he molested his younger sisters when they were teenagers. The 27-year-old former lobbyist for the Family Research Council, which touts conservative Christian “family values,” released his own apology last week.

“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” he wrote. ‘While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the Internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”

He's not the first celeb to use the "addiction" excuse for un-Christlike behavior.

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