Josh Duggar has entered a “long-term treatment center,” just days after admitting that he had been unfaithful to his wife, according to a Duggar family statement posted online Wednesday.
“We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and prayers for our family during this most difficult situation with Josh,” read the statement, “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.”
Duggar is the oldest child from the family that became famous on the now-canceled TLC show “19 Kids and Counting.” His wife, Anna, gave birth to the couple’s fourth child, a girl, earlier this summer.
Last Thursday, in the wake of a Gawker report that alleged he had an account on Ashley Madison, the hacked infidelity Web site, Duggar admitted that he had been “unfaithful” to his spouse, saying he had been “the biggest hypocrite ever.”
“While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife,” said that statement, which did not specifically mention Ashley Madison. “I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.”
In May, Duggar apologized for teenage “wrongdoing,” following a tabloid report that alleged he had molested several young girls years earlier. In issuing that apology, Duggar also said that he’d resigned his post with the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying organization.
His parents later said that their oldest son’s victims included four of their daughters.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” Duggar said in the May statement. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation.”
Wednesday’s statement from the Duggar family noted: “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.”
The statement didn’t specify the reason Duggar was entering treatment, and a spokesperson declined to elaborate in an email to The Post.