Conspiracy: Josh Duggar isn’t in rehab, he’s hanging out somewhere in Arkansas?


Josh Duggar boarded a private plane last week and flew to Illinois where he allegedly entered a “rehab” called Reformers Unanimous. It’s faith-based rehab, or if you want me to go further, it’s like a militant hyper-Christian version of rehab that involves lots of Bible study and manual labor and absolutely NO therapy. Granted, I have qualms about even considering Josh Duggar an “addict.” The story is that he’s a sex addict or that he’s addicted to p0rn or something. But is he really? Or is he just a hypocritical douche and pervert? Late last week, we even heard that Josh’s rehab stay might be as long as six whole months. Except… Josh isn’t even there? Like, he’s not showing up for any of the meetings or church services?

After Josh Duggar copped to cheating on his wife Anna and harboring a secret porn habit, he checked into a treatment facility, his mother Michelle announced last week. After the Duggars’ private plane pulled into Rockford, Illinois for a quick, late-night trip, it was believed he entered Reformers Unanimous, a Christian treatment facility his famous parents have publicly supported.

But is the disgraced reality star really there? can exclusively reveal that Josh, 27, has not shown up to the rehab’s mandatory meetings and church services. On Friday, August 28, eyewitnesses spotted Reformers Unanimous “students” pulling up to the facility’s affiliate, North Love Baptist Church, in a van for a local chapter meeting of the group, which promotes recovery from addiction through Bible studies. However, Josh was absent from the large party.

On Sundays, RU residents are required to attend church services at North Love in the morning and the evening.

“All students attend all services at North Love Baptist Church,” the RU website states. “We believe that continued church attendance is a key catalyst to continuing victory.”

But a worshipper insists the married father or four wasn’t among the students who arrived to pray for their sins that morning or later that evening.

“Josh definitely wasn’t there,” the onlooker says. “It was very strange.”

In another surprising twist, the family’s private plane took a mystery trip on August 27 across the Duggars’ home state of Arkansas. The plane arrived in Paragould, a quiet, eastern town, around 9 am, and took off for home in Springdale around 6 pm. The Christian clan does not have property in the area, and no friends or extended family members are from the town. Also, there are no rehab centers nearby.

[From Radar]

I do have mixed feelings about Radar’s report, by the way. Not the veracity of it – which I’ll discuss in a moment – but the sheer fact it seems like a tabloid reporter or paparazzo stood outside of this church hoping to catch a glimpse of Josh Duggar while he is seeking to get better. That goes against most principles of traditional rehab, foremost of which is anonymity. I don’t know if Reformers Unanimous subscribes to anonymity though, and it really was widely reported that Josh had entered RU (even People Mag carried it).

As for the conspiracy that Radar is stoking… it’s interesting. It’s very possible that RU was merely the cover story. It’s possible that Josh is staying at RU but he was excused from church services for the first week or so. It’s possible that Josh is camped out in Arkansas, doing God knows what. Cocaine and hookers binge, perchance? Nothing would surprise me at this point.


Photos courtesy of Duggars’ social media.

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  1. Nancy says:

    Hmm, iffy story since Radar Online is about as reliable as Hollywood Life. If true, one more lie and Michelle should just shave her head and move to Katmandu or somewhere there about.

    • Emma33 says:

      I’m in Kathmandu! I’ll let you know if I run into Michelle…

      • Nancy says:

        Ha! She’s going to miss the USA, going to miss it every single day, but no one here loves her anyway…that’s what she’s going to do…….have fun!

    • notasugarhere says:

      Radar got the initial scoop by lifting it straight off the Duggar Aviation thread on the FreeJinger site. According to that site, the Duggars have two planes, a Cirrus and a Cessna.

      • Nancy says:

        Well considering the hit they’re taking and losing the TLC show, they just might have to cash in some of those chips. Michele is weeping as she softly hums Jesus Take The Wheel.

      • MrsNix says:

        @Nancy: If she even knows that song, she’s in a lot of trouble. In their little cult, drum beats in music are harbingers of the Devil.

        I’m serious.

        More like humming a song from the 19th century about good women who clean really well going to Heaven.

    • MG says:

      People had a story that Jessa has publicly turned her back on Josh. I know I’m wrong for this, but I’m looking forward to the fall of this family.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        You’re not alone. Their tears taste like candy.

      • chaine says:

        I would not mind seeing some infighting that resulted in some of the children casting off the Duggar bonds and becoming their own people in the real world. My money is on the kid with the plane.

      • MrsNix says:

        Oh, I’m bringing a huge tub of buttered popcorn to that movie, too.

  2. NewWester says:

    Josh Duggar is a gross disgusting pile of rotting bovine compost. What caught my eye in this article is the part about the family’s private plane. The Duggars must have some serious cash socked away.

    • Birdix says:

      It’s a Cessna, not a jet (why do I know this? I’ve never even watched the show), so somewhat less fancy than it sounds. The Duggars must be annoyed how easily their movements can be tracked, which essentially gave this story (weak) legs.
      I’m surprised by my own revulsion when I see a photo of his face. Yuck, ick, blech.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Yeah me too- I thought they were crying poor and asking for help? I hope no one actually donated money to their family while they’re in possession of a private plane.

      • Yoohoo says:

        An old Cessna is hardly a private plane. You can buy an old we later 70s model for less than $20,000. My coworker has 3. He’s hardly rich.

      • doofus says:

        yoohoo, I just did a quick search as $20000 seemed low to me. most of the prices for a 1970 cessna are around $70,000. the cheapest I found, that was in “working condition” was close to $40000. the ones from the 1980s run anywhere from $125,000 to $175,000.

        maybe it depends on the area of the country one is in?…also, we don’t know how old the Duggar plane is, or what model it is.

        however, even if they paid $20000 for it, that’s $20000 they could spend on their 19 kids, and not be begging for…also, I’m betting your coworker doesn’t have 19 kids and prob has more expendable income than this family, so that’s not a good comparison. the bottom line is that this family, who “lives simply” and was begging fans for money, owning a plane is incredibly hypocritical and shows how they’ve gotten a taste for the celeb life.

      • lucy2 says:

        I saw they range from about $20,000 – $225,000. I’d be shocked if they bought the cheapest one out there, but either way, they aren’t flying commercial, so it’s a private plane.
        Considering this is a family that prided themselves on being frugal and self-sufficient (ha!), it’s mighty surprising to hear they own one at all.

      • Piapia says:

        Small planes operated by “hobby” pilots scare the crap out of me. I would never get in one. And I can’t imagine anything worse than being in a small plane with jim bob or Michelle

      • KelT says:

        I don’t think they’ve ever been poor or have ever asked for help. Not sure where that idea is coming from. They’ve always been frugal and have gotten by with very little, even after they started making money with TV. I’m sure after the money being stockpiled and invested for years, they are all secure in their wealth. And before the downfall, they were doing a lot of public speaking and flying back and forth for TV promotions, so to them it probably made sense to get a plane or two (second hand, of course).

    • doofus says:

      JUST what caught my eye, too.

      a private freakin’ PLANE? that’s pricey. doesn’t matter what size, etc…the cost to purchase and maintain a plane AIN’T for poor folks.

    • Murphy says:

      Yeah its a small plane flown by the 2nd son John David, they use it to shuttle around Arkansas picking up suitors and making rehab drop offs, as you do

      • Christin says:

        I was about to jump in and add to the chorus of how they cry poor after bragging about frugality and great commercial wheeling and dealing —- but this just made me LOL.

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      Well, it’s not like they have to save up for college funds.

    • Deb says:

      That’s the first thing I saw too, and thought well if they’re so darn worried about how to make ends meet since their show was cancelled, maybe they should sell some of their toys.

      • Christin says:

        Or get back into real estate (supposedly both parents were licensed and supposedly successful in commercial RE).

    • sherry says:

      They probably bought the plane at auction, so got it on the cheap. Didn’t Jim Bob get started with a used car lot business? Isn’t that what he started Josh and Anna out with too? I know there’s a used car salesman joke in there somewhere …

      Maybe the son is operating some kind of business that utilizes the plane?

      • Lille says:

        They use it for a lot of their appearances, so I imagine the appearance fees have probably paid for it and it’s upkeep at this point. It seems like They make quite a few of them each year.
        Plus the son who flies it isn’t married, and seems to be doing his own thing more than the others, although it hasn’t been officially addressed. He may have bought it with his own money, and his parents pay him to fly them to appearances, or help out with some of the upkeep.

    • SamusAran says:

      Cessna planes aren’t too expensive, but I’m talking taildraggers. The ones you see the old men at hometown airports flying. You can get one several years old for $20,000 – $60,000+.

      Cirrus aircraft are much more expensive. They have a manufacturing plant in Duluth, Minnesota (as well as many other areas around the US and world). Their planes are small but they are seriously bada$$. (Angelina has one/flies one.) They have many models including one with a parachute that can deploy upon landing. Cool technology they have going on there. The price of Cirrus planes are around $700,000 up to over a million. (My dad builds and flies planes..I know entirely too much of this stuff.)

  3. Ally8 says:

    @NewWester, I know right? These bozos really haven’t adjusted to the reality of their new TV-deal-free financial situation if they’re blowing tens of thousands on a private plane. Unless TLC has given them assurances behind the scenes.

    Josh Duggar’s anonymity is clearly blown already here, so I think it’s a moot issue regarding him at this UNAnymous place as long as they blur the faces of any other people there in the photos.

  4. Astrid says:

    Its unconscionable what this man and his “ultra conservative religious” family get away with.

    • Esteph says:

      Exactly! But, if we point out their hypocrisy then we are the bad people who are questioning their faith.

  5. Shambles says:

    Maybe he doesn’t attend any functions outside the actual rehab for this exact reason– they know there will be paparazzi camped out waiting for even a glimpse of him. Or maybe it’s bullsh!t and he’s wading through a pool of escorts as we speak.

    On another note, these peeps look inbred.

  6. Fran says:

    His hyper-religious upbringing obviously didn’t detour him from his addictions so I don’t understand why they think super religious rehab is a great idea. Some would probably even argue that his super religious upbringing is the way he is.

    • michelleb says:

      Because they lack critical thinking skills … sigh
      I didn’t expect them to get Josh any real help, so this doesn’t surprise me. I’m not sure about a porn or sex addiction, but he defiantly needs help for a whole host of issues.

      This is just really depressing and I think I need a break from following this particular gossip. I feel terrible for his wife and kids.

      • Aussie girl says:

        Yes they lack the ability for critical thinking and fear it being applied on them, from an educated professional. I think they basically fear or distrust anyone that isn’t an extremist regarding their beliefs.

  7. MinnFinn says:

    That guy has never been financially independent from his parents. He got his Family Research job because of his parents. And before that he worked for them directly. Now without any job, they are surely supporting him directly. And that’s why I think for now, he’s going along with whatever plan mom & dad made for his so-called recovery. The camp in IL probably devised a custom program just for Josh with private chapels which is probably why he wasn’t spotted in regular church service over the weekend.

  8. Mayamae says:

    It’s possible that Josh hadn’t earned the privilege of going off site yet.

    Also, they absolutely do not subscribe to anonymity. Their church services are conducted with a live feed, with no concern of broadcasting their clients’ presence. I imagine humiliation and shame is part of their process.

  9. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Here’s what I’m hoping – he finally got sick of being controlled and he ran away and now is going to tell all about the cult. Including the part about Jim-Bob and the goats. And he has photos.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      Are you being smart alecky? Or did I really miss a rumor about Jim Bob and goats?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Oops, sorry. No offense to goats. I just made it up. 😬😬😬😬

      • Ankhel says:

        …haven’t you guys heard the one about Jim Bob reading sermons in the goat pen? Like Frans of Assisi, except the way God made him and rubbed in maple syrup? No? Just checking.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Lol, no, um, hadn’t heard, but thanks for a mental image that will scar me for life.

    • Katy says:

      I’m really hoping for the same thing – that he realized being in the cult is the reason for his twisted behavior and he has run away. Then from an undisclosed location he starts to release information about how he became demented by having to listen to Jim-Bob and Michelle going at it all night, every night for his entire life!!

  10. Mikie says:

    I drove through Paragould last night. It’s a sleepy farm town. No fun anywhere near. Lol.

  11. ncboudicca says:

    Took me about 5 seconds of Googling to find out there’s a “Christian Rehab” in Paragould – it’s called “Mission Teens” but the name is somewhat deceiving because they treat adults.

  12. Talie says:

    Have you seen that rehab… I would run too. It’s not Promises out in Malibu.

  13. Meatball says:

    Didn’t his parents ship him off to a family friend after he molested his sisters and then lie and tell authorities he had gotten therapy? So why be shocked if he is lying about this. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s off somewhere f*cking around. Lord knows how many friends or acquaintances that family has, so he could be staying with someone in the area, if he’s not in that particular town.

  14. Vampi says:

    I can’t believe TLC aired that mess! I had NO idea. Wow…just…wow.
    TLC reeeaaly just sealed their fate for a lot of people. How they could justify airing that is just
    *head explodes*

  15. melissa says:

    Covering this story can’t be avoided, but do we need to have photos of his pervert moon face along with them?

    • belle de jour says:

      Excellent observation. Perhaps a stock photo of a slug or a worm or a cow patty would work better in its stead; I know I’d rather see almost anything else than his ‘pervert moon face.’

  16. Miran says:

    Is this actually news to anyone ?

  17. Cindy says:

    God, I’m sorry, I know this isn’t supposed to be funny, but that post title, “he’s somewhere hanging out in arkansas” just puts a mental image in my mind of Josh wandering around arkansas, taking the bus, going to 7-11 to get a slurpee, checking out the library, “wandering” by the all girls middle-school…….

    • KelT says:

      My thought was that they flew to a remote area, dropped him in the woods somewhere and challenged him to get out as punishment.

      I’m sad for all the Duggar kids, sad for Anna and Josh’s kids. I hope they all can move on somehow and make their own way, be independent and start listening to what God would have for their lives and not necessarily what parents and religious zealots say is the “right” thing to do.

  18. lauraeparis says:

    One thing people forget is that before the show they had money. They have never, ever been hurting for it. They had lots of real estate property & storage warehouses. They buy second-hand everything “and save the difference” according to Michelle. I remember the only time she ever bought anything new was when she was pregnant with the last one, Josie, cause she was sure it was going to be her last child. So there is absolutely no reason to “worry” about them hurting for money. All they are hurting for is attention & fame. Though I wonder if Josh is cowardly enough to commit suicide. Just feels like something very tragic is about to happen with this family.

  19. iheartgossip says:

    Well of course he isn’t in rehab. In the eyes of his church and men peers, he’s done nothing wrong. And all the people claiming he will commit suicide? Nope. It’s against his religion. And you know how much he values his beliefs.