Josh Duggar Leaves Christian Rehab Center

| by Michael Allen
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Former TV reality star Josh Duggar checked out of a Christian faith-based rehab center in Rockford, Illinois, in the second week of March where he has been receiving treatment since August 2015.

Unidentified sources told ET that 28-year-old father of four "has been out for a few days."

An unidentified source told People that Josh had returned home: "If nothing else, this is a happy time for their kids."

Before Josh left the facility, his sister, Jessa Seewald, told People, "I definitely have forgiven Josh. It is a process, though, that you have to work through in your heart. And trust is not quickly rebuilt. It is something that takes a while. We love him very much, though, and we are very hopeful for the future."

The Duggar family wrote on its blog:

"Josh has completed his residential rehabilitation program. 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. Josh has now returned to Arkansas, where he will continue professional counseling and focus on rebuilding relationships with his family. We look to God for help and guidance and place all of our trust in Him. We are forever grateful for the love and prayers offered by so many and hope you will continue to pray in the days ahead."

Josh entered the rehab facility after news broke about his name turning up on a hacked list from Ashley Madison, an adultery hook-up website. Around the same time, an adult film star alleged that Josh had paid her for sex while Josh's wife, Anna Duggar, was pregnant.

Josh subsequently admitted to being unfaithful to Anna and having a "secret addiction" to porn. These revelations came only months after news reports surfaced of Josh molesting some of his younger sisters when he was a teen.

TLC pulled the Duggar family reality show "19 Kids and Counting" only after the adultery accusations were reported.

"Anna is planning on getting back together with Josh, that's just how it goes," an unidentified source told ET in 2015. "The family was taught to have a new level of forgiveness towards Josh."

"It was an important step on a long difficult road," Anna wrote on the Duggar blog in January 2016 after visiting Josh in rehab.

"I can never express how your kindness and prayers have brought encouragement when I needed it most -- outpacing the grief and discouragement at every turn," Anna added. "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. Please continue to pray for me, Josh and our children."

The Duggar's new reality TV show "Jill & Jessa: Counting On" premieres March 15 on TLC, but will not feature Josh.

Sources: ET, People / Photo credit: TLC (Media Handout) via

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