Mike, welcome to the site and to the forum. It's great to have you here with us. While we're not exactly neighbors -- we're not too far from each other. A couple of years ago I drove up to the Heartland Round-up in K.C. when my sponsor and a fellow-brother-in-sobriety talked up there. I met a great bunch of A.A.'s up in KC, and I've looked forward to making some future trips up there, for the fun and the fellowship.
I've heard a lot of good things about Naranon. I have some friends here in Fort Smith, who are active in Naranon.
It is amazing how many millions of people from all walks of life have benefited from the 12 Steps. For me, that's a lot of direct evidence that our solution will work for any problem that I may encounter in life. All I've got to do is take the time and effort to apply it to my problems or situations -- and, it does work, whenever I work it.
And, I agree with you -- the Internet opens the doors to many opportunities to practice our 12th Step in reaching out to others. Sometimes, I think of how easy we have it -- in comparison to those who were suffering and searching for a solution back in 1939, when the most that they could do was to write a letter to New York, or make an expensive long-distance telephone call to find help. Back in 1995, when I first put Step12.com on the web, as a private "closed site" -- my long-distance bills were running between $300 to $800 a month -- just to keep in touch with the Fellowship that I needed and craved.
Glad you're here Mike!