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I know what it’s like to struggle with alcohol.

I began drinking at age 15, starting a habit that would lead me to random (and sometimes regrettable) hookups, missed important meetings and deadlines, using cocaine, other stimulants, and cigarettes to “sober up,” hospitalization after dangerously mixing pills and booze, and painful fights with lovers and loved ones. I had more blackouts that I could count. Not to mention the massive amounts of money wasted.

Through my 20s and into my 30s, I was an accomplished international advocate, living a jet-set lifestyle that took me around the world working on interesting projects. I had a life that was enviable to many of my peers: I projected confidence and a sense of adventure and fun.

Yet inside I was struggling, big time.

My drinking became intense and excessive.

Partying had become long-ingrained as a reward, stress release and way to turn off my brain.

Nightly drinking alone, combined with a dangerous mix of pharmaceutical sleeping pills, was a way to numb out sadness, loneliness, unhappiness and inability to handle the reality of my life.

On some level I knew I wanted to do something about it, but for a while, I was paralyzed by shame and guilt.

I didn’t want to be a person with a drinking problem. It wasn’t who I thought I was.

Ultimately, on a big night out for my 30th birthday, I fell over and smashed my head on the floor, waking the next day to a giant goose egg on my forehead. Looking at myself in the mirror, I couldn’t ignore the effects of drinking too much the night before.

I decided to change, and using the strategies I outline in my book, “Drink Less, Be More”, I gradually transformed my relationship to alcohol completely, changed my life and ultimately have come to help countless other women do the same.

Looking back, though, I see that my entire life has been leading me to do this work.

I was just 15 years old when I started as a peer volunteer. I was one of the first rural youth trained by YouthCO AIDS Society, Canada’s only youth-led HIV/AIDS awareness and education organization.

That led to a lot of firsts:

 I was one of the first youth facilitators hired by a government initiative to travel around the province and do workshops on topics such as celebrating diversity, preventing sexual violence and bullying, at age 17.


 I was one of the youngest enrolled in my Child and Youth Care Counselling program (my first diploma). In fact, I had to wait a year because they wouldn’t let me enroll until I was 19.


 I was hired as the first Hepatitis C and harm reduction coordinator for YouthCO at age 19.


 I created the first youth-led project for youth actively using methamphetamines, at age 21.


 I became Vancouver’s first Youth Advocate Mentor, reporting directly to City Hall on behalf of children and youth, at age 22.


  I co-founded Youth RISE, the first and only global youth-led harm reduction network, at age 24. This work transformed into several other “firsts” including developing the first regional drug policy reform in Southeast Asia and Cambodia’s first drug strategy for Family Health International.

Over the past few years, my work has been solely focused on helping women redefine their relationship with sobriety and change their lives.

I’ve written the bestselling book, “Drink Less, Be More” and I’ve been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Huffington Post, Elite Daily and Mind Body Green.

Also, I’ve appeared on TV on Pittsburgh Daily Live, Thrive TV and The Zest, and I’ve been interviewed on several podcasts including Hello Freedom, Badass and Bare and Leading Greatly.

Most recently, I have created Redefining Sobriety. This is a movement, an alternative to the long-established status quo. Redefining Sobriety is based on empowerment and involves radical self-care and self-love and aliveness.

This work is my mission. I know that I am on this planet to do this – and to create change and to shake things up!

If you want to create change in your life, I can help you.

WORK WITH ME

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Anonymous, Vancouver, BC, Canada

I have tried to make changes in terms of my relationship with alcohol over the years but nothing has ever “stuck” until I joined the Redefining Sobriety Immersion program. I don’t think I ever had the appropriate tools or support during my past attempts and I feel much better equipped to make and maintain changes now. Working with Caitlin 1:1 but also having the support of a group of like-minded, understanding, & non-judgmental individuals in the Redefining Sobriety group has helped immensely. I was not fully aware of just how much I needed that level of support prior to having it! I also feel as though I am building lasting friendships through this program which is a nice bonus.

Heather Wise, MPH

“Caitlin Padgett’s book Drink Less, Be More has transformed the way I think about social drinking. She truly gives all the tools anyone would need to conquer their problematic drinking habits once and for all. This books inspired and supported me to feel my best when out with friends without needing to rely on alcohol. I’ve discovered the confidence to be myself and have even more fun than I ever thought was possible.”

Anonymous

“I contacted Caitlin to work on “changing my relationship to alcohol”. After 1:1 coaching, participation in her on-line private groups of like-minded, supportive, and loving people and attending her in-person retreat in Mexico, I not only changed my relationship to alcohol, I changed my relationship to myself! Caitlin consistently “held up the mirror” so I could see and understand myself and my reasons for wanting to numb my emotions. She taught me about my personality, my mindset, my emotions and that I am enough. By asking the right question at the right time and sharing a vast and varied chest of techniques and rituals, she challenged me to see and release old patterns that no longer serve me, and to learn to love myself enough to take care of my whole self every single day. Although Caitlin specializes in changing your relationship to alcohol, her work is for all people that want to live a more authentic, loving and peaceful life. Her own authenticity, vitality and loving care will help you see yourself and you will grow, transform and thrive.”

Anonymous

“You have helped me tremendously in seeing that the old school AA wasn’t the only answer. I enjoy reading about the tools to use when people ask why I am not drinking when they’re use to the ‘old me.'”  

Anonymous

“What I love about the Redefining Sobriety program is that I am empowered to choose how I define my relationship with alcohol, knowing that the definition of the relationship may also change over time. The ability to make choices on a situation-by-situation basis has made me feel like I’m finally getting my control back. I have enjoyed totally alcohol-free periods, but have also learned that I do have the ability to moderate my alcohol use.”