Keith Hinchen was given a choice in summer 2016. Get help, or go to prison.
The 53-year-old former Marine had been homeless on the streets of west Las Vegas for seven years, living a life that revolved around addiction to crack cocaine. He was on the verge of becoming one of the hundreds of Nevadans who die from drug overdoses each year.
“I was broken,” Hinchen said Wednesday, standing under an outdoor staircase at Freedom Behavioral Health on Palos Verdes Street.
But Hinchen wasn’t there as a patient. He was back at the facility he called home for more than seven months as a success story, celebrating Freedom Behavioral Health’s first full year of operation.
Freedom Behavioral Health, a residential addiction center located just east of the Strip, works to help drug and alcohol addicts with the hope of helping get them back to being productive members of society. Freedom House, the related transitional housing program located next door, opened in 2010.
“They gave me my life back,” Hinchen said.