Long story short?

EX dumped me and came back in less than a month telling me he’s been through a lot without me, and thought it would be easy to get over me but couldn’t. He started heavily drinking because he couldn’t live with the fact that he dumped someone so good to him, cared for him and hadn’t done anything initially for him to hurt her that way.
He said we should be friends and that he really needs me in his life because he is hurting me in a lot of ways (which he is true).
He is not sure about his decision (about us getting back as friends and as lovers).
I told him whatever decision he will make; I will respect it. But I need time on my own to get over him, and he doesn’t want that. I said I need to go full no contact for as long as it takes for me to see him as a friend.

What do you think he means? And what do you think I should do?
Long story short?
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