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Duggar Family Breaks Their Silence on Josh Leaving Rehab: 'It Was a Crucial First Step in Recovering and Healing'

by John Boone 10:33 AM PST, March 10, 2016
Playing Duggar Family Breaks Their Silence on Josh Leaving Rehab: 'It Was a Crucial First Step in Recovering and Healing'

Josh Duggar is officially out of rehab, as ET exclusively reported on Wednesday, and now his family is speaking out.

"Josh has completed his residential rehabilitation program," the Duggars confirmed in a blog post. "We are so thankful for everyone who worked with Josh in this program. It was a crucial first step in recovery and healing for Josh."

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Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, reveal that their 28-year-old son is back home in Arkansas, where he will "continue professional counseling and focus on rebuilding relationships with his family."

The former 19 Kids and Counting star entered a faith-based treatment center in August 2015, shortly after the Ashley Madison hack led to his admission that he had cheated on his wife, Anna Duggar, and confession that he battled a "secret additction" to Internet pornography.

That scandal came to light mere months after Josh admitted to molesting five minor girls, including four of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

"We look to God for help and guidance and place all of our trust in Him," the blog post concludes. "We are forever grateful for the love and prayers offered by so many and hope you will continue to pray in the days ahead."

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Anna, who previously stated that she plans to stay married to the father of her four children, visited Josh in rehab for the first time earlier this year.

"It was an important step on a long difficult road," she wrote in a blog post at the time. "I trust that God will continue to show His love and tenderness toward us and bring beauty from ashes -- somehow -- as only He can do."

Hear more of her heartfelt post in the video below.

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