'Walk for Recovery' raises money, awareness for Portland's treatment options

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The inaugural Walk for Recovery was held in Southwest Portland on Saturday, raising money for drug and alcohol treatment services.

Organizers say addiction to drugs and alcohol is the leading cause of homelessness. The nearly two-mile walk is aimed at drawing attention to that fact, and creating treatment options.

The route passed Outside-In, the De Paul Treatment Center, Central City Concern, and a needle exchange program – each an integral part in telling the story of recovery.

Organizers like Mike Marshall are calling on state lawmakers to step up with more funding.

Marshall, who is in recovery himself, says those on the sober path need to keep speaking out until state and local leaders get the message that more needs to be done.

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