Coping vs. Recovery

I recently read an article on “The Mighty” in which the writer discussed how she hates the use of the word recovery when describing mental illness and preferred the term coping.  I thought about this about and the words replayed back and forth in my mind.  When dealing with your mental health issues, there are some coping skills that you pick up along the way.  These are skills that you may learn from working with your therapist or as you adapt to a new way of life.  I was curious to know what exactly did these words mean in relation to mental illness and getting better.  I knew what the definition of both words were, but I wanted to look them up for further analysis.  One definition of recovery on dictionary.com is listed as “restoration or return to any former and better state or condition”.  The definition of cope as listed on dictionary.com is “to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties, especially successfully or in a calm or adequate manner”.  As I digested the definitions of both words, it became clear to me, that of course each person can choose which word suites them and their situation.  I have also concluded that in my case coping and recovery are both relevant to my case.  I have learned the skills needed from my therapist to cope with my mental health issues and have been on an exciting path to recovery.