The first thing you should know about Scott is that Scott isn't his real name.
Everything else you're about to read, however, is 100 percent true. Starting with how he opened his email to me.
"My name is Scott," he wrote, "and I am an alcoholic."
He had a normal upbringing, to the extent anything can be considered normal these days. But his parents are still together, there were no money issues in the home, and no tragedy befell Scott. To his friends, family and teachers, he seemed like a typical kid. He played sports, had a girlfriend, had solid grades.