Gambling Prevention Awareness, a non-profit organization founded by Art Schlichter in 2006, received its final donation in 2009 and contributed all remaining funds to Maryhaven in 2010. GPA continues to provide information about problem gambling prevention, recognition, treatment and remission.
Art Schlichter, a former Ohio State University All American quarterback and 1st round NFL draft pick for the Baltimore Colts, is the founder of Gambling Prevention Awareness (GPA). As a young man Art became a compulsive gambler. His addiction drove him to commit crimes of ticket fraud and check forgery for which he and his victims have paid a high price. Art was incarcerated for over 10 years in more than 40 federal and state prisons, which along with his gambling history, contributed to the fracturing of his family life. Once a celebrated athlete, radio personality, high school football coach and director of GPA, Art lives with the reality of the need to face his addiction, complete another prison sentence, and determine how he will finally make amends to society.
As Ohio expands its revenue/entertainment options with the opening of 4 casinos in 2012, the state conducts a baseline survey to plan for prevention and treatment needs.
The American Psychiatric Association recently updated their diagnostic manual designating problem gambling as an addiction instead of a pathological or impulsive disorder. Read more about an effort to predict who may be vulnerable to this addiction in this Chicago Tribune article from June 26, 2013