Josh Duggar Completes Six-Month Rehab Stay For Porn Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 03/14/16
According to his family, Duggar has returned to Arkansas where he will continue counseling and work on rebuilding his relationship with his family.
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Josh Duggar has completed treatment for pornography addiction.

His family released a statement last Wednesday confirming that the former 19 Kids and Counting star has checked out of the residential treatment center where he had been residing since last August.

Duggar was believed to have entered treatment at Reformers Unanimous, a hardcore Christian rehab in Rockford, Ill., after last summer’s infamous Ashley Madison hack revealed that he had cheated on his wife, Anna Duggar. The scandal was particularly damaging for him since he worked as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, which touts conservative Christian "family values."

Earlier in 2015, it was revealed that the 28-year-old had molested four of his younger sisters when they were teenagers, as well as a babysitter. In response, TLC canceled 19 Kids And Counting—a reality series that followed the lives of parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their nineteen children—last summer.  

"We are so thankful for everyone who worked with Josh in this program," reads the recent statement on the Duggar family website. "It was a crucial first step in recovery and healing for Josh. Josh has now returned to Arkansas, where he will continue professional counseling and focus on rebuilding relationships with his family. We look to God for help and guidance and place all of our trust in Him."

In January, Anna Duggar confirmed in a statement that she visited Josh at the facility, saying it was “an important step on a long difficult road.” She also indicated that she has no plans to end her marriage—a source confirmed to People that “divorce is not even something that will be discussed” in the deeply conservative household.

Duggar has not commented publicly since entering into treatment. He apologized for his behavior last August, releasing a statement in which he called himself “the biggest hypocrite ever.” He acknowledged that “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.”

Though 19 Kids and Counting is no more, the Duggars confirmed that they will be returning to TLC after all, reincarnated as the new series Jill and Jessa: Counting On. The new show will follow the lives of Jill and Jessa Duggar—both of whom self-identified as their brother's victims of molestation in an interview with Megyn Kelly last summer. The show is set to premiere tomorrow, March 15.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.