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Josh Duggar Checks Into Treatment Center After Affair And Molestation Scandals

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said in a statement that "it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery" for their son.

Last updated on August 26, 2015, at 1:52 p.m. ET

Posted on August 26, 2015, at 1:52 p.m. ET

Josh Duggar has checked himself into a treatment center after admitting he cheated on his wife.

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The disgraced former reality star entered the unspecified "long-term treatment center" to work on himself, his parents Jim Bob and Michelle said in a statement.

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"For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change," they said.

The announcement comes after a series of scandals involving Josh Duggar led his family to lose their reality show, 19 Kids and Counting.

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In June, the family admitted that the eldest son had molested five young girls when he was a teenager, including four of his young sisters.

The scandal led TLC to cancel the show, which focused on the large family and their devout Christian beliefs.

Last week, Josh Duggar came under fire again when it came out that his name was included in the Ashley Madison hack. He then admitted he had cheated on his wife, Anna, with whom he has four young children.

The Duggars did not specify what sort of treatment their son was undergoing, but asked for prayers.

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"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," they said.

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Read the full statement below:

We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and prayers for our family during this most difficult situation with Josh. 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. 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.

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