“It was a sobering experience,” Lindsay Lohan, perhaps not realizing the pun, reveals to OK! in her first interview since leaving rehab last Friday. “It made me look at myself and all the people, places and things in my life in a different way.”

With her until-recently estranged father Michael by her side, Lindsay made the big move from Cirque Lodge rehab center in Utah back to life in Los Angeles. But, the young star tells OK!, she may not be gone for too long. “I’m going back to shoot Dare to Love Me, but I plan on returning to Utah so I can stay focused and avoid other distractions.”

One of the reasons she’d return so quickly to Utah is to avoid the constant partying of Hollywood. “Tempation is always there,” the 21-year-old actress admits, adding, “but now I’ll avoid it the right way.”

Lindsay also now seems to have perspective when she revisits those last few months before entering rehab, climaxing in her arrest for DUI and cocaine possession. “I hit rock bottom,” she confesses. “Everything in my life came to a point where I had to make a decision.”

With her hard-partying days hopefully in her past, Lindsay has only to look to the future. “I’m here to stay,” she tells OK! with conviction. “My talent is a gift and I’m going to use it.”

For OK!’s exclusive online gallery of Lindsay’s exit from rehab, click HERE.

For the complete interview, pick up the next issue of OK! — on sale everywhere Thursday.

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