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See me once, I'm the first of my kind
See me twice, unhealthy lives we left behind

See me once, because there's only one
See me twice, then there's something we shun

Hint:

See me once, some mistake me for a mountaintop
See me thrice, without me many devices flop

Good Luck!

Here are the previous riddles in this series (the solutions there have nothing to do with this one, only the process of getting there).
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8

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I believe you are:

the letter 'a'

See me once, I'm the first of my kind

First letter in the alphabet

See me twice, unhealthy lives we left behind

AA stands for alcoholics anonymous which helps recovering addicts

See me once, because there's only one

use the word a when there is one of an item( a chair, a table , etc.)

See me twice, then there's something we shun

not sure for this part but maybe AA like a scream or shout? People tend to ignore/not help AA and in a sense shun it. Hopefully third times the charm: People in AA shun alcohol?

Hints: See me once, some mistake me for a mountaintop

A capital A looks like a cartoonish mountain

See me thrice, without me many devices flop

As pointed out by @El-Guest AAA batteries are commonly used in devices to power them

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    $\begingroup$ Nice answer!! Then the once hint refers to the funcr of your answer, and the thrice hint refers to onggrevrf. $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Nov 1 '18 at 15:15
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    $\begingroup$ @El-Guest Thank you! I just saw the hints after posting and couldn't think of what the second hint meant! $\endgroup$ – gabbo1092 Nov 1 '18 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ rot13(obgu gjvpr-pyhrf ersre gb gur fnzr guvat) $\endgroup$ – Kaspar Scherrer Nov 1 '18 at 15:18
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    $\begingroup$ @VivekParekh Thanks! I had been thinking about the question for awhile and came back to look at it and everything just clicked all of a sudden $\endgroup$ – gabbo1092 Nov 1 '18 at 15:23
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure how much I should help with the last incorrect clue (You know which one). Maybe think about who 'we' refers to in that line. But anyways, congratulations on solving the riddle and even half a minute before I added the hint :) $\endgroup$ – Kaspar Scherrer Nov 1 '18 at 15:25
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Is it

Alphabet A?

See me once, I'm the first of my kind

First letter of the alphabet

See me once, some mistake me for a mountaintop

the top of the alphabet A looks like a mountain

See me thrice, without me many devices flop

AAA batteries. As in batteries; without which devices fails

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