Django, first of all welcome! Secondly, kudos on the sobriety. You are correct--alcohol is the worst thing in the world for the liver. Drink distilled or spring water and juices. I drink some diet Sprite and Crystal light, as well as green tea, in addition to the water.
As soon as your insurance kicks in, find yourself a good GI doc (gastroenterologist), or preferably a hepatologist...a doctor who specializes in liver diseases and who is associated with the best hospital in your area. You need to find out about hep C treatment and if you still qualify. Sorry I can't help you with the staging--I've actually never been told. I do know that mine led to liver cancer (not in remission) and mild cirrhosis.
That's my best advice for you at this point--and also check out the Hepatitis Resources at the top of this forum. The Amercan Liver Foundation has a web site and good info on hep C.
Good luck and God bless,