According to a post that just went up on the Duggar Family Blog, Josh Duggar has officially entered himself into “a long-term treatment center.” So when did the Duggars get a chance to sneak Josh into rehab? And where exactly are they stowing him away? We have a pretty good idea.
Here is the full statement from the Duggar Family itself:
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.
So we know he’s somewhere—but where?
As FreeJinger.com discovered*, it just so happens that John David Duggar, Josh’s younger brother, has his pilots license and a plane to use it on. Now, should you look up the plane’s identification number (which is clearly visible here) on FlightAware, you can see that, on the night of August 24, the Duggars made a trip from Springdale, Arkansas to Rockford, Illinois at 10:45 p.m.
Where it stayed for less than ten minutes before turning around and heading right on back to Springdale.
Which is certainly a quick trip to be doing absolutely anything more than a simple drop-off—and in the dead of night, no less.
But it turns out that the Duggars actually have have a history, with one particular Christian-based addiction facility right in Rockford itself. As they themselves noted in this Facebook post from October of 2014, Reformers Unanimous (RU) is an “incredible... addiction program.”
Before the Duggars released their statement, Gawker reached out to them earlier this morning in an attempt to get confirmation as to whether or not Josh was currently at RU. This is the only response we’ve received thus far:
It only took just over two hours after emailing the Duggars for them to confirm that he is, in fact, in a rehab facility.
We contacted the Rockford airport for comment, but the person who answered the phone told me that there are no commercial flights after midnight. And since the Duggars’ plane is private, they would have no record of its comings and goings. We similarly called Reformers Unanimous, but as a private facility, they were unable “to confirm or deny” any of its current residents.