"RU tired of trying to find residential treatment that is effective and affordable? If so, try RU! We operate a beautiful 100-bed facility for men and a gorgeous 40-bed facility for women at our headquarters in Rockford, Illinois. This program boasts an over 90% success rate among its graduates."
Cured by the Word Hoodie (Screen Shot)
* UPDATE: 9/1/15, 10:30 a.m. We are not certain that Josh Duggar has checked himself into the Reformers Unanimous facility in Illinois after all. Where in the world in Josh Duggar???
Even though their show has been canceled, it seems impossible to avoid seeing the Duggars in the headlines. They clamored for media attention, and they got it in spades!
This afternoon I was standing in line at a store waiting to check out, and I couldn't help but notice two magazines – People and In Touch – with Josh Duggar on the cover. It's hard to escape all the media coverage. Earlier today WGN (Chicago) reported the following:
ROCKFORD, Ill. — The rehab facility where Josh Duggar says he will be treated for sex addiction is located in Illinois.
Duggar checked himself into the Reformers Unanimous facility in Rockford last Friday, according to London's Daily Mail newspaper.
For the next six months Duggar will read The Bible, pray and perform manual labor.
Several years ago I remember seeing "Reformers Unanimous" signs posted in front of a church near my home. My initial thought was that it must have something to do with the Neo-Cal movement… Boy was I wrong!
Reformers Unanimous (RU) is a 'ministry' that professes to help people overcome various kinds of addictions from alcohol, to drugs, to bulimia, to pornography, etc. as this video claims.
To familiarize myself with Reformers Unanimous, I spent some time perusing the website. Here is how RU describes itself.
Those listed on the RU staff are: Dr. Paul Kingsbury (pastor and chairman), Steve Curington (president), and Ben Burks (international director). As you can see from their bios, none of these men have professional training in curing addictions. Here is some information on Paul Kingsbury:
At sixteen he surrendered to serve Christ with his life under the preaching ministry of Dr. Jack Hyles of Hammond, Indiana. He began preaching in jails, nursing homes and rescue missions. He attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College and graduated from Hyles-Anderson College in 1976.
Kingsbury's close connection to Jack Hyles is particularly troubling to us.
It is interesting that Steve Curington continues to be listed as president because he died of a heart attack back in 2010, which his bio also states.
The supposed secret to their success is featured on the hoodie at the top of the post – Cured by the Word. They also follow 10 Principles, which you can read here.
Check out this screen shot from the website regarding 'residential treatment'. This appears to contradict the 90% success rate quoted at the top of the post.
For an overview of how the program works, you may find this video helpful.
As the video and the website indicate, there are various options for recovery from —
RU chapters where you live to
There are also resources you can purchase.
Here's the million dollar question… If Reformers Unanimous is so incredibly successful, why isn't it being used far and wide to treat all types of addictions? We would venture to guess that most people reading about the latest Duggar debacle have never heard of Reformers Unanimous.
Getting back to Josh Duggar, his life is going to be very different at the rehab facility, as an article on Page Six of the New York Post indicates. It states:
The residential recovery center will undoubtedly keep Duggar’s hands and mind busy as he works to kick his proclivity for porn and extramarital affairs. A typical day sees clients waking between 3 and 5 a.m. and spending their first hour “alone with the Bible and journaling.”
After solo prayer, Duggar can enjoy breakfast in a group setting, one of three meals served to residents throughout the day. From there, the “sinners,” as Richardson put it, prepare for their work-therapy assignment.
The former conservative lobbyist could spend 40 hours a week doing laundry, preparing meals or cleaning the facility. Every night there are also one- to two-hour classes with Biblical teachings, followed by prayer groups that are led by select residents.
“Trust me, nobody has a hard time going to sleep at night,” said Richardson.
The article further states that Anna will not be allowed an overnight visit until Josh has successfully completed sixty days of treatment. That's pretty sobering…
Just in case you'd be interesting in helping Josh and those like him who have harmful habits, you can help them by becoming a Reformers Unanimous partner. For just a dollar a day, you can make a difference. If you click on the partner link, the success rate is 82% (not sure why it keeps changing throughout the website).
And don't forget about the hoodie! It's on special for $25.00!