What Is Terminal Uniqueness?

Have you or a loved one gone to a 12 step meeting like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous? Did you ever go back? If not, you might have had a "terminal uniqueness" reaction.

This is a term that the AA community calls people who come to a meeting and suffer through it thinking that they don't fit in and that they are nothing like the people there.

Not everyone connects the same with the 12 step model of treatment for addictions, but it is effective when taken seriously.

When an addict is lost in their "denial" about how bad their addiction is consuming their life, he/she often creates a sense that they are "terminally unique" when compared to peers in the room at a meeting.

Want to know common ways an addict expresses their terminal uniqueness? Check in tomorrow for the answers!


Source: DARA-alcoholrehab.com John Lee "AA and Terminal Uniqueness- Are You As Unique As You Think You Are?"

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including