I try to let faith guide my life. My personal faith is very important to me.
The following is an aspect of my own life of faith that has informed my life. Here it is: God will not free you from something you love and cling to. Another way of saying the same thing is God will not free you from your friends!
If you really love something, and it's important part of your life, God will simply allow you to cling to it. He'll allow our puny little fingers to choke life out of something that may be destroying us. He loves us enough to allow us to choose not to love him.
If you want to be free of something that is hurting you, you must first hate it. You must despise it. It must become so sickening to you that even the thought of it disgusts and nauseates you. Then and only then will God give you the power to over come it and give you new life.
God will not free you from something you love and cling to. You must first let it go. You must first hate it. Then healing strength comes.