Tara Conner: I'm an Alcoholic

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Tara Conner is back in the non-rehab world - but fans should expect "a completely different person" Miss USA said to People magazine.

"My life has completely changed," she said. "I'm a completely different person out of rehab. Before I entered rehab I hardly knew who I was. I felt like I was floating and I just needed someone to pull me down."

And that person, oddly enough, turned out to be pageant owner Donald Trump.

The Kentucky native, who turned 21 on Dec. 18, initially entered a rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania on Dec. 21, following allegations of hard partying, indiscretions with Katie Blair and unreliability.

She spent 31 days there â€" including Christmas and New Year's Eve.

"I didn't think I had any kind of issue going into rehab. I even said, 'I'll get some free therapy,' or something like that â€" and that was so ridiculous," says Conner. "But I've realized I do have an issue. I suffer from the disease of alcoholism and addiction. And if there's anything that I want people to know it's the severity of this disease and what it can do to people."

Lindsay Lohan has also learned that lesson recently.

In her interview with People, Conner also admits that she tried drugs in addition to alcohol, and that she took her first drink at the age of 14.

The Hollywood Gossip hopes she truly is on her way to recovery now. We also hope Tomiko Nash has accepted her fate as runner-up.

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