Paris Hilton

In her first interview since being released from jail, Paris Hilton told CNN’s Larry King on Wednesday that she has never used drugs, isn’t a big drinker, and although she feels her incarceration was unwarranted, God had a reason for putting her there.

“Don’t serve the time; let the time serve you,” Hilton said. “I have a new outlook on life.”

Grilled about the friends she had to sacrifice, she replied, “I’ve gotten rid of a lot of people.” Asked for names, she said, “I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but they know who they are.”

During her 23 days in jail, Paris Hilton said she meditated, read letters from fans, talked to other inmates through the vents, wrote in her journal and read the Bible, though she couldn’t cite a favorite passage when asked. It was also nice to have a little privacy, she said, and to “be away from all the flashes for a while.”

But there were rough times, too, she said. The food “wasn’t that tasty,” she said. Being strip-searched was the most humiliating experience of her life and one Sunday visit from her parents was especially emotional for her, she said.

“It was my first Father’s Day I couldn’t give my dad a hug, and that was really hard on me,” she said, describing how she was separated from her visitors by glass.”

Asked three times if she has ever used or been addicted to drugs, she replied flatly, “No.” Asked if she was a big drinker, Hilton told King, “I’m not really into it. I think socially people do sometimes when they go out, but it’s not something that I really care about.”