Duggar rehab sounds about as legit as Duggar sex ed

Following reports that Josh Duggar had multiple paid accounts on Ashley Madison and paid a Philadelphia woman $1,500 for what she described as “terrifying,” “rough” sex, Josh Duggar is checking into rehab.


Per Gawker, the rehab center Duggar will be attending for the next six months, Reformers Unanimous, sounds awfully similar to the Christian labor camp that Duggar is said to have attended when his parents found out that he was molesting his sisters:

Should this indeed be Josh’s home for the coming months, he just paid $7,500 to study the Bible and work for free for the next six months. Not at all unlike the time he spent at the facility that supposedly “cured” him of the perversions that caused him to molest five young girls in his teens.

Josh Duggar and Mike Huckabee, via Tengrain / Flickr

Josh Duggar and Mike Huckabee, via Tengrain / Flickr

The schedule for men at Reformers Unanimous, posted on their website, sounds an awful lot like what psychiatric counseling must have looked like circa 33 A.D. Men are expected to wake up at 4:30 AM, do manual labor for nine hours and spend their evenings studying the Bible. Phone calls, when permitted, are monitored. Outside music is banned. All conversation is to be “Christ-like” and, according to the organization’s rulebook, “Talking about old habits or lifestyles is against God’s word and is not permitted.” So forget about working through your demons, Josh; they’re going to cure you by making you work so hard and read so much Jesus that you’ll forget they ever existed.

And just in case you were under the misapprehension that Reformers Unanimous was in any way licensed to do anything medical, they’ve got a disclaimer to clear all that up:


As Gawker notes, it sounds like not only a rough but also a dangerous place to go through detox. And as many of Reformers Unanimous’s attendees are likely seeking to recover from physical addictions to drugs or alcohol, that’s a pretty dangerous thought.

As with the Duggar’s bafflingly, comically, criminally absurd sex-ed curriculum — the one that teaches girls that sex before marriage literally causes cancer — this “rehab” program seems to have very little to do with helping its attendees and everything to do with letting the Duggar family reassure itself that they’ve done a good Godly deed by throwing science out the window in the name of Christ.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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18 Responses to “Duggar rehab sounds about as legit as Duggar sex ed”

  1. DoverBill says:


    How many priests have been cured here and has Josh picked out his favorites already?

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  3. Indigo says:

    Which is now Bodhi Mandala, a very pleasant Zen retreat center.

  4. Indigo says:

    DeNial is a river in Egypt.

  5. 2patricius2 says:

    We saw how well the “pray away the gay reparative ‘therapy'” programs have worked. This is just another example of that same type of phony religious sex treatment program. Don’t need no professional therapy programs when you got preachers and the Bible.

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  7. Baal says:

    The appropriate punishment? Make him have sex with Mike Huckabee.

  8. PDQ says:

    “Duggar rehab sounds about as legit as Duggar sex ed”

    Well yeah…..but this is a family who homeschooled all of their kids. And look at how they turned out. They have no sense of right and wrong – only Jeebus, Jeebus, and more Jeebus.

    They’re planning to keep Josh out of sight so he can’t screw up Huckabee’s ill-fated presidential campaign. When the Huckabee effort implodes and he drops out of the race, Josh will reappear “healed” and ready to spread the word and the wonderful things he’s learned through the new Duggar Institute that he’ll be starting with his grifter parents and other family members. Mike Huckabee will be on the “board of directors” to lend it credibility. Mark my words………

  9. GreenEagle says:

    One more proof that Conservative, Fundamentalist Christianity is not a real religion at all, but a sick, phony charade designed to license its followers to engage in any disgusting behavior they want, while pretending to themselves that they are people of God.

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  11. kimn8r says:

    Holy shit. I want to go there and sell illegal drugs to those poor bastards.
    That program is virtually guaranteed to create massively repressed psychotics looking for mental escape. What? I think Republicans would consider that “filling a niche.”

  12. MoonDragon says:

    Josh is of the elect, not unlike the adulterous proxy murderer David, but he will be forgiven and be blessed. He’s entitled. Consequences do not apply to him. Failing to talk about what he did and how it affects others will only remind him of his sin and how much he enjoyed it, as opposed to confronting the evil he did and the pain it inflicted. He must never confront his own failings. It might bring him to doubt his own position as an anointed leader.

  13. BeccaM says:

    That place sounds a lot like the now-closed reform monastery the Catholic Church used to run around these parts, in a small town called Jemez Springs, NM. When the Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete first opened, it was supposed to be to help priests with alcohol problems. Then they added drug abuse. Then they began shipping the sex offenders and pedophiles, who received ‘treatment’ not at all unlike described here. Eventually it was mostly the sex offenders.

    Regimented days. Borderline sleep deprivation. And an expectation that God would miraculously cure these men through nothing but wishful thinking and temporary isolation. It didn’t work.

    This won’t work either. The second Duggar is back in his old life, the usual patterns of behavior will return.

  14. KarenJ says:

    Josh Duggar is such a pudge, he’ll last about a week. Then Jim Bob will hide him in the maid’s quarters. Poor Anna. Maybe one of the Duggar sisters still seeking forgiveness for tempting their brother will help her with the 5 little kiddies.

  15. emjayay says:

    Sounds like this boot camp would be pretty hard for someone used to the lush life plus hardcore sex like ole Josh. And yes, it also sounds totally content and therapy free.

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  17. MoonDragon says:

    Anna Duggar had achieved the status of chewed gum. Who can blame Josh for looking for a fresh piece?

  18. nicho says:

    Most celebrity “rehab” (for anything) is bogus — just a place to hide out for a while.

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